NYPD Hold Annual High Holy Days Briefing [VIDEO & PHOTOS]


The annual High Holy Days briefing was held at Police Headquarters this morning as the NYPD continues to promote open communication between the Jewish community and the Department in advance of the Jewish religious observances beginning with Rosh Hashanah and extending through Yom Kippur.

Community leaders from all sects of the Jewish community were in attendance.

As in previous years, the NYPD is increasing protection in Jewish neighborhoods as Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur approaches.

Increased foot patrols and counterterror teams will be patrolling those areas.

Police said although there is not any specific threat, synagogues are considered potential terror targets.

Some synagogues throughout the city will receive unannounced visits from the NYPD’s Hercules units, which consist of heavily armed counter-terrorism officers.

A detailed report and additional photos from the briefing will be forthcoming.

FBI New York Director, William Sweeney and NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill with community activist Abe Friedman

(Charles Gross – YWN)