Baltimore, MD – Sept. 6, 2017 - Representatives from area Shuls and community security organizations convened today at Bnai Jacob Shaarei Zion for the annual pre-Yom Tov security briefing arranged by Councilman Isaac "Yitzy" Schleifer.
Councilman Schleifer has made community safety and security a priority and since taking office there has been a 10 fold increase in law enforcement coverage over the Yomim Tovim. Today's briefing was attended by the highest-ranking officers of the Baltimore City Police Department, including Chief Melissa Hyatt, Major Lewis, Captain Jason Yerg, Detective Jeremy Silbert and Officer William Curry. The officers relayed detailed information that is critical for the safety of the community during this very visible period of the Jewish calendar.
The initiatives put into place last year will continue again this year. These initiatives include mobile command centers that will be manned 24/7 during Rosh Hashanah and Yom Kippur. Community members that need assistance are encouraged to go to one of the command centers to notify Police of any urgent issues.
Additionally, the community will see a marked increase in both patrol vehicles and officers on foot canvasing the area. Cheswolde Neighborhood Association President, Nathan Willner who attended the briefing noted, "the key to securing Shuls and congregants is an enhanced Police-Community relationship. The close relationship that Councilman Schleifer has created between the BPD and area organizations like Shomrim is invaluable in keeping our neighborhoods safe. "
Ron Rosenbluth, President of the Baltimore Shomrim Safety Patrol, was impressed with the resources the Baltimore City Police Department will be dedicating to this operation. “It is comforting to know that the BPD is taking the security of our neighborhoods seriously during the Yom Tovim. With everything that is going on throughout the country, we cannot leave our community vulnerable.”
Councilman Schleifer, thanked the BPD in general and Chief Melissa Hyatt in particular for putting together a comprehensive security plan for the Jewish institutions and community . “This type of Police response and cooperation is not something to take for granted. We are fortunate to have Chief Hyatt directing this major deployment of resources. This plan ensures that we have adequate coverage during this period when so many of our community members are walking to and from local shuls. We are lucky to have a strong partnership with the highest levels of the Baltimore City Police Department.”