NYPD will increase patrols during Jewish High Holy Days: 'NYPD is working with the Jewish community to keep them safe'

Carol D'Auria
September 18, 2019 - 6:20 pm



NEW YORK (1010 WINS) -- In light of the recent rash of attacks on members of the Jewish community across the city, the NYPD said Wednesday it will boost its presence in predominantly Jewish neighborhoods and near Jewish institutions during the upcoming High Holy Days, which kick off with Rosh Hashanah at sunset on Sunday, September 29. 

"The NYPD is working with the Jewish community to keep them safe," Mayor Bill de Blasio tweeted Wednesday afternoon. "They will be increasing neighborhood patrols and deploying specialized units.

This year the NYPD reported a 63 percent increase in anti-Semitic hates crimes in the city. 

At a briefing at NYPD headquarters Wednesday, chaplain Rabbi Alvin Kass said the increase in attacks on Jewish New Yorkers has cast a cloud over the holiday season, which includes Rosh Hashanah (Jewish New Year) and Yom Kippur (Day of Atonement).

NYPD Commissioner James O'Neill said this is a time for vigilance -- fear. 

"We never tolerate hate crime," O'Neill said. "We never tolerate hate of any kind in our city. And we'll continue to build and strengthen our partnerships in the Jewish community and all across New York City to ensure that every community and every neighborhood is safe."

O'Neill also stressed the importance of working with the community.

"Today’s High Holy Days Briefing is a great example of how we can work together & grow the relationships that benefit our city," he said. "It’s not easy, but it gets done far more effectively when we do it together.”