Law enforcement agencies throughout Rockland County are working together in a safety campaign during the Passover and Easter observance periods that encourages the public to report suspicious activity.
The "Operation Safeguard" effort, launched in 2004, is a counter-terrorism program that is also designed to education the community about the ongoing threat of terrorism and that individuals and businesses can be unknowing exploited by individuals who want to do harm to both our citizens and our country.
During the Easter/Passover observance period, law enforcement agencies are conducting safety checks through until April 1 that include periodic security sweeps of train stations, commuter parking lots, bus routes, shopping malls, public parks and locations where holiday events may be held.
Police say the public may notice more officers on patrol during the Easter/Passover period, however, this increased uniformed presence is not because of any specific threat. It is part of the regional counter-terrorism strategy of continued vigilance.
Rockland, Orange and Sullivan counties make up Counter Terrorism Zone 4 in New York, with law enforcement agencies working together to collect and analyze information and to coordinate activities that prevent terrorism.
Police urge that as you celebrate the holidays, be mindful of behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives. Their motto: "If you see something, say something."
If you see someone or something that's suspicious, here's what you should do:
- Do not directly confront the individual or individuals involved.
- Do not reveal your suspiciouns to them.
- Record as many details as possible.
- Notify police by calling 911 or the Safe NYS tip line at 1-866-SAFE-NYS or 1-866-723-3697.