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Westchester officials take proactive approach to prevent violence at public events

County officials used rapid response teams and proactive policing to arrest people with outstanding warrants to keep violence in check.

Jonathan Gordon

Jul 6, 2022, 12:24 AM

Updated 717 days ago

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There were no confirmed shootings in Westchester over the Independence Day weekend, according to officials, despite other gun violence incidents across the country.
County officials used rapid response teams and proactive policing to arrest people with outstanding warrants to keep violence in check.
The county hopes that success continues this summer as more people gather in large, sometimes vulnerable event spaces.
A total of 20,000 people were at last Sunday's fireworks show at Kensico Dam, thousands will attend the Pleasantville Music Festival and others will visit the county's weekend cultural celebrations over the next two months.
People News 12 spoke to say the recent string of shootings nationwide has them thinking about their public safety closer to home.
"It's frightening. I mean it puts a different perspective on things. I mean I've always been conscientious about where I'm walking and what I'm doing," says Janie Kurtzberg, of Yonkers.
Another tool the county used was its Realtime Crime Center, which includes data sharing between departments, license plate readers and facial recognition software to get ahead of criminals before they act.


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