Ramapo official: Security will be handled differently following Monsey attackPosted: Updated:
A Ramapo official says Saturday's bloody attack on five members of the Hasidic Jewish community has changed how they will handle security in the area indefinitely.
Ramapo Town Supervisor Michael Specht spoke to the media after visiting the rabbi's home where Saturday's attack occurred and where he says blood still covers much of the house.
He says fear among Hasidic Jews has reached new heights, and that the town is now changing its security protocol as a result.
“Speaking for the security, from the town's point of view, it is not going to go away...The way that things changed after 9/11, and how we viewed the world and what we had to do is changed after Saturday night. So that won't go away,” says Specht.
Also not going away is a mobile command center from private firm Brosnan Security, which is now parked outside the crime scene.
The van is the command center for a fleet of trucks manned with armed guards, all who will now patrol area synagogues.
The private security came free of charge as fear spread through the community. Specht says alongside that fear is resilience
“As horrible as this attack was and as horrible as the other anti-Semitic attacks and other acts of violence in the region, the Jewish community will not be stopped,” says Specht.
This mobile command center is parked just steps away from the rabbi's home, and News 12 was told it will remain there for the next 30 days.
Ramapo town officials tell News 12 the most seriously injured member in Saturday's attack is still in the hospital in critical condition.