Holiday security checks will be taking place this weekend by the Putnam County Sheriff's department. New York State is divided into sixteen counter-terrorism zones, Putnam County is part of Counter-Terrorism Zone 3, which will be taking part in Operation Safeguard.
The effort is aimed at educating, promoting and reminding residents the continued vigilance by the public, business sectors and law enforcement is essential for the public’s safety. Periodic security checks will be conducted of religious facilities, train stations, commuter parking lots, bus routes, shopping malls, and public parks where holiday events may be held.
Sheriff Donald Smith says the increased uniform presence is not because there is a renewed threat to safety; it is simply part of their counter-terrorism strategy of continued vigilance.
As you celebrate this holiday season, Smith asks that you be mindful of behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives. If you observe suspicious activity, do not confront the individuals, record as many details as possible and call 911.