Rockland County takes extra, visible measures to protect Jewish communityPosted: Updated:
Rockland County is taking extra and very visible measures to protect members of the Hasidic Jewish community after Saturday's attack.
Trucks of armed security officers will now patrol synagogues throughout Rockland County.
The measure was announced Monday, just two days after five people were stabbed during a Hanukah celebration at a rabbi's home in Monsey.
“We are fighting back as a community, as a county, we are fighting back,” says Rockland County Executive Ed Day.
Day announced a partnership with Brosnan Security. The private security giant says it will pay former FBI agents, state police and NYPD detectives to patrol an unidentified list of synagogues, day and night, all free of charge.
The armed officers will be more than just men with guns, officials say, but technology-aided guards, who will be fed information through a non-stop network of data.
“We have a 24-7 national command center 4 miles from here. It looks like something out of NASA. It's manned by 27 people, 11 around the clock, 16 on the 4 p.m. to 12 a.m., 27 on the day tour,” says Pat Brosnan.
Rabbi Yisroel Kahan says he was at the rabbi's home where the bloody attack occurred when two men from Bronsan knocked on the door.
“They said they were from Brosnan Security out of Pearl River and Pat Bronsan had heard about what happened and we were very grateful,” he said.
Brosnan Security tells News 12 that they have committed $100,000 to funding armed security trucks 24 hours a day, seven days week at the crime scene and local synagogues. At a minimum, that funding should provide around-the-clock security for one month.
The lawyer and mother of the suspect charged in the Monsey stabbing attended the press conference on the security measure but did not speak.