November 2, 2017




Westchester police monitoring “chatter” from around the world, Astorino says

Astorino: "We are monitoring
in real time ..."

WHITE PLAINS – Westchester County Executive Robert Astorino said Wednesday the county’s counter-terrorism efforts are strong.

The county executive made his comments following Tuesday’s terror attack in Manhattan in which eight people were killed and 12 others injured when a man drove a rented pickup truck into a crowd of people on a bike path. He said the county’s Department of Public Safety is constantly monitoring all activities locally as well as around the world.

“We are monitoring, in real time, world events – chatter from around the world – as they would potentially affect our area,” Astorino said. “The strategies that we employ and the training that we provide to our police and to our fire and EMS is dynamic and is always training in regard to what we learn from previous incidents from around the world. Our counter-terrorism is as strong as it can be.”

Since Westchester is a member of the joint terrorism task force, members of the county police were in Manhattan immediately after the killer committed the terrorist act.

“Policing has changed dramatically since post-9/11,” Astorino said.

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