In response to the synagogue shooting near San Diego, at least one Connecticut city is stepping up patrols as a precaution outside synagogues; and a Jewish federation is contacting law enforcement to beef up patrols around all of its facilities.
Waterbury Police Chief Fernando Spagnolo sent this statement to News 8 Saturday night:
“In responses to the synagogue shooting in San Diego today, Waterbury Police immediately stepped up patrols at our city’s synagogues and Jewish schools. We know this is a sacred holiday in the Jewish religion and we want to ensure our community they should feel safe during the holiday.”
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Waterbury Police also took the same precautionary measures after the shootings at The Tree of Life Synagogue in Pittsburgh six months ago.
News 8 is also trying to reach out to police departments in other cities to see if they are taking the same precautionary measures.
The United Jewish Federation of Stamford said they’ve been in touch with law enforcement to increase patrols at all of their institutions. They’re holding a community event on Sunday and they say extra security has been added.
In a statement, Congresswoman Jahana Hayes said, in part:
“My heart breaks for the families of the victims and the greater Poway community that were touched by this senseless act of violence. Anti-Semitism and other forms of religious hatred have no place in our society. We must come together and remember all of the things that we have in common as Americans and defeat these hurtful and divisive beliefs.