Police Commissioner James O'Neill

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NYPD Stepping Up Security At Houses Of Worship During Ramadan

April 23, 2019 - 2:58 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — Police will be stepping up patrols at New York City houses of worship during the season of Ramadan.

“It's every person's right to worship freely and without fear,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “It's our job in the police department to make sure that that happens.”

The commissioner notes that there have not been an credible threats made the any specific houses of worship, but the department is not taking any chances.

“Specifically for Ramadan, they will tell you there are no threats to our city or to our Muslim community,” O’Neill said.

Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller said the NYPD is not taking security measures lightly in light of recent attacks.

Specifically, he pointed to the hate motivated killings in Pittsburgh and New Zealand and mentioned the disturbing incident last week in which a man entering St Patrick's Cathedral with containers of gasoline.

“We are living in troubled times,” Miller said. “Troubled times for all faiths.”

He continued to urge the public: “If you see something, say something.”

Ramadan kicks off on the evening of Sunday, May 5, and will continue for 30 days until Tuesday, June 4.