BEDFORD, N.Y. -- Bedford, Irvington and Dobbs Ferry police are letting residents know that there will be a greater police presence at holiday functions in the area as part of Operation Safeguard.
Operation Safeguard is an initiative "designed to educate, promote and remind citizens that the threat of terrorism is ongoing and continued vigilance is essential by the public, business sectors and law enforcement," according to a press release. The increased patrols will continue through through April 21 for Easter and Passover celebrations, according to the release.
The increased patrols and safety checks, known as "Holiday Taskings," are comprised of "law enforcement officers 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," according to the release.
The public may notice more police officers on patrol during the holidays but police are reminding residents that "this increased uniform presence is not because there is a renewed threat to your safety. It is simply part of our counter-terrorism strategy of continued vigilance," according to the release.
"With each day we learn new tools and tactics that individuals who intend to impair our way of life may use to advance their plans," police said in the release. "As you celebrate the holidays, be mindful of behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives."