Since 2004, the goal of Operation Safeguard is to educate, promote and remind citizens that the threat of terrorism is ongoing and continued vigilance by the public, business sectors and law enforcement is essential for the public’s safety.
New York State is divided into sixteen counter-terrorism zones, Westchester and Putnam Counties are part of Counter-Terrorism Zone 3 (CTZ-3).
During the Easter holiday weekend, law enforcement agencies in CTZ-3, will be conducting periodic security checks of religious facilities, train stations, commuter parking lots, bus routes, shopping malls, and public parks where holiday events may be held.
Therefore, the public may notice more police officers on patrol during the holiday weekend. This increased uniform presence is simply part of our counter-terrorism strategy of continued vigilance. With recent events now, more than ever it is important that everyone is aware of what is going on around them and not become complacent in their everyday routine.
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. We encourage you to celebrate the holiday season, but be mindful of behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives. “IF YOU SEE SOMETHING, SAY SOMETHING”.
Remember, if you observe suspicious activity:
- 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 OR THEIR DIRECT NUMBER OR CALL THE SAFE NYS TIPLINE AT 1-866-SAFE-NYS (1-866-723-3697).