Nassau Police Department Responds to Murray’s Call for Action, Increases Patrols at Jewish Institutions

The terrorist attack on young Israeli tourists in Sofia, Bulgaria that occurred Wednesday has given rise to serious and legitimate concern on the part of Jewish leaders, Israelis and all people who cherish peace and freedom. In light of the bus bombing, people in positions of authority must be vigilant in guarding against terrorism across the globe. 

Hempstead Town Supervisor Kate Murray announced today that the Nassau County Police Department has responded to her call for increased patrols at prospective targets of terrorist attacks on the Jewish community. Nassau County Police Commissioner Thomas Dale informed Murray that the NCPD has indeed increased patrols around Jewish institutions as a safety precaution. Murray had written a letter to the commissioner on Thursday that requested the NCPD to boost patrols around shuls, temples, yeshiva schools, Young Israel locations and all other sites that could be prospective targets of terrorist attacks on the Jewish community. Additionally, Murray consulted with Rabbi Hershel Billet, the spiritual leader of Young Israel of Woodmere and a leader among rabbis in the Jewish community.

“On behalf of the residents of Hempstead Town, especially those in the Jewish community, I thank Commissioner Dale for his department’s vigilant response to an unfortunate event that put many around the globe on alert,” Murray said. “

The tragic bus bombing in Bulgaria resulted in the death of seven Israeli tourists, prompting Jewish communities around the globe to go on high alert. In neighboring New York City, the NYPD announced that it would deploy extra patrols in Jewish areas across the Five Boroughs, with added security at Jewish institutions.  

“Our hearts go out to all of the families and victims affected by this horrific terrorist attack in Bulgaria,” Murray said. “To ease the understandable concerns and to ensure the highest level of protection against anti-Semitic terrorism, it is imperative for our police to be on alert.”