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Operation Safeguard Enforcement Taking Place in Westchester and Putnam Counties

Local residents may notice increased law enforcement at places like shopping centers and transit stations.

From Friday, Dec. 23 through Monday, Jan. 2, you may see safety check points and increased law enforcement presence in areas like shopping malls, bus routes, train stations and commuter lots.

But don't be alarmed. There is no additional threat to the public, according to Chief Gregory Austin.

"What is happening is not 'checkpoints' like you would see when checking for seatbelt compliance or drunk drivers but it is 'extra patrol' of transportation facilities; for example, train stations, bus stations or bus stops, mass gatherings that are being held for the holidays or New Year's Eve celebrations and other areas that are considered critical infrastructure," said Chief Austin. "All law enforcement agencies in Westchester and Putnam Counties will be participating." 

The "holiday taskings" are part of an anti-terrorism initiative across Westchester and Putnam Counties.

Operation Safeguard has been going since 2004 and includes 16 counter-terrorism zones throughout New York State. Rye Brook is part of a zone that includes Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and Mount Vernon. 

“With each day we learn of new tools and tactics that individuals who intend to impair our way of life may use to advance their plans,” said Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerone, chairman of Counter Terrorism Zone-3.  “As you celebrate the holiday season, be mindful of behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives. If you see something, say something.” 

The Public is reminded of the following if suspicious activity is observed:

  • DO NOT CONFRONT THE INDIVIDUAL(S)
  • DO NOT REVEAL YOUR SUSPICIONS TO THE INDIVIDUAL(S)
  • DO RECORD AS MANY DETAILS AS POSSIBLE
  • DO NOTIFY LOCAL POLICE AGENCIES BY CALLING 911, YOUR LOCAL DEPARTMENT’S DIRECT NUMBER OR THE SAFE NYS TIPLINE AT 1-866-SAFE-NYS OR 1-866-723-3697.

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