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Monday, September 14, 2009


No Specific Threats Seen for New York City or Jewish Institutions at this Time; Intelligence Division Detectives Discuss International Liaison Role, Evolving Terror Threats on Western Targets

Synagogues, Jewish Cultural Institutions are Among Locations Regularly Patrolled by NYPD Counterterrorism Units in the City

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NYPD PHOTOS: NYPD Detective Ira Weiss provided a briefing on the evolution of terrorist threats on Jewish targets in the Western world, including an analysis of Hezbollah, during the High Holy Days briefing at Police Headquarters Monday.

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NYPD Chief Chaplain Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass closed the official High Holy Days program, presented to members of the New York City Jewish community at Police Headquarters Monday. Following Rabbi Kass's remarks, the audience was invited to participate in a question-and-answer session with Department leadership.


Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly today presided over the annual High Holy Days briefing held by the New York City Police Department in advance of the Jewish religious observances beginning with Rosh Hashanah and extending through Yom Kippur. He was joined by Chief Chaplain Rabbi Dr. Alvin Kass and detectives from the NYPD Intelligence Division who provided information about the role of its International Liaisons, as well as the nature of terrorist threats on Jewish targets in the West. Approximately 300 community members and religious leaders attended.

Although there is no specific threat to New York City at this time, the Department has briefed its commanders on activities during the High Holy Days, which coincide this year with the United Nations General Assembly. It also will increase deployments of patrol vehicles and officers to synagogues and other iconic and cultural Jewish institutions.

“Eight years ago on September 11th we learned in the most brutal possible way that what happens overseas has direct consequences for New York City,” Commissioner Kelly said in his opening remarks. “In January 2002, we began broadening our perspective. Our jurisdiction didn't change, but the scope of our awareness did.”

NYPD overseas liaisons work collaboratively with local police and intelligence agencies in Abu Dhabi, Amman, London, Lyon, Madrid, Montreal, Paris, Santo Domingo, Singapore, Tel Aviv, and Toronto. They also respond to terrorist incidents overseas, as they did after recent attacks in Jakarta this summer, and Mumbai in November 2008.


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