CARMEL – For Christians, Good Friday is just one day away; Easter is this Sunday. For Jews, Passover starts at sundown Friday.
Police in Putnam and Westchester counties will be guarding against any potential acts of terrorism during the holidays in what authorities have dubbed “Operation Safeguard.”
Putnam Sheriff Donald Smith said the heightened state of vigilance will include increased visible patrols around places of worship and religious gatherings. There will also be increased security checks at train stations, commuter parking lots, bus stops, shopping malls and public parks where holiday events are being held during the holy days.
Smith said the stepped-up actions by police are just precautionary and are not in response to any specific reported threats of terrorism.