Post Bin Laden death: LAPD Increases Patrolling
Following the death of Osama Bin Laden, the local authorities in US are increasing patrols at various religious institutions as well as other potential terrorist target areas.
Mike Downing – The Deputy Chief of Los Angeles Police Department and commanding officer of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau has informed that the additional patrolling would be provided around “high-profile targets.” Also, the police are looking out for possible hate crimes and terrorist activities.
In last five years LAPD has worked hard to build relationships with the Muslim community in Los Angeles. Downing believes this to be their “strength”, which will help them to put away any unpleasant acts that could follow the Osama Bin Ladenâ€™s death. He has also asked the public to look out for any type of terrorist activity that aims to harm innocent people.
LAPD is closely watching closely looking out for hate crimes in places of worship or in schools. They have also urged public to report unusual activity to the LAPD using the (877) A-THREAT tip line or through iwatchla.org.
Post the death of Bin Laden, relationship-building in the region would continue, says Mike Downing. He finds it to be the longer-term solution to the menace of violent extremism. LAPD officials are going to meet Muslim community leaders in the Los Angeles area for discussing about the improved relations between the police and the community.
Executive Director, Los Angeles World Airports – Gina Marie Lindsey operating Los Angeles International, Van Nuys airports and Ontario International informed that the facilities were on high alert and new patrols are introduced. Lee Baca – Los Angeles County Sheriff has also urged the residents to be alert for any kind of suspicious activity.