BEDFORD, N.Y. – As Easter and Passover holidays approach, the Bedford Police Department is reminding residents that terrorists are not ones to honor places or times of worship.
The law enforcement agencies in Counter Terrorism Zone 3 (CTZ-3), which includes Bedford, will continue its Operation Safeguard, a program started in 2004 that reminds residents that the threat of terrorism is ongoing— even, and sometimes especially, during holidays.
During the upcoming religious holidays, agencies in CTZ-3 will be conducting periodic checks of train stations, commuter parking lots, bus routes, shopping malls, public parks and houses of worship where holiday events may be held.
Bedford Police said the public might notice more police officers on patrol during the upcoming holidays and that the increase in uniform presence “is not because there is a renewed threat to your safety,” but simply, “part of our counter-terrorism strategy of continued vigilance.”
Police are asking residents who are celebrating the holidays to be mindful of behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity, and that, “If you see something, say something.”
Police additionally reminded the public how to respond to suspicious activity:
- Do not confront the individual.
- Do not reveal your suspicions to the individual.
- Do record as many details as possible.
- Do notify local police agencies by calling 911 or their direct number.