Law enforcement steps up attention to Jewish sites

 

Area law enforcement has increased their presence around local Jewish locations, though a spokesman for the Whitefish Bay Police Department said he was aware of no specific threats in Wisconsin.

Officials prefer not to discuss specifics, except to say there has been an increase in presence. People should always remember to be vigilant and pay attention to their surroundings, according to police.

The increase in police presence comes after the shooting in a Pittsburgh synagogue on Saturday that left 11 people dead. It has been described as “horrific,” “heinous” and “devastating” by Jewish leaders, politicians and Israeli leaders.

A Milwaukee-area community-wide gathering to mourn those who were killed has been scheduled for today, Monday, Oct. 29, 7 p.m., at Congregation Beth Israel Ner Tamid, 6880 N. Green Bay Rd., Glendale.

Milwaukee Jewish Federation issued a statement: “We have no reason to believe that our local community is at risk. However, from moments after the attack, we have been in close contact with law enforcement at all levels. We have increased patrols and police presence at synagogues and other Jewish institutions. We thank our partners in law enforcement for their responsiveness, support, and ongoing concern for our community.”