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Westchester Police Step Up Terror Checks For Holiday

WESTCHESTER COUNTY, N.Y. – Police are beefing up security at train stations, parking lots, bus routes, shopping malls and public parks throughout Westchester County during the Thanksgiving holiday.

The safety checks, dubbed "Operation Safeguard," are organized by the police chiefs of Counter Terrorism Zone 3. New York State has 16 counter terrorism zones that work to remind the public and businesses to be vigilant against the threat of terror. Zone 3 takes in Westchester and Putnam counties.

“Operation safeguard” began in 2004 and is not an indication that there is a new threat to public safety. This year’s checks began Tuesday and will continue until Monday morning.

“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, Zone 3 chairman. “As you celebrate the holiday, 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).
  • Record as many details as possible.
  • Notify local police agencies by calling 911, your local department's direct number or the safe NYS tipline at 1-866-723-3697.

The committee for Zone 3 includes the police chiefs from the Mount Vernon, Rye Brook, Irvington, Dobbs Ferry and the New York State Police.

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