NYPD Focuses On Protecting Synagogues Ahead Of Passover

NYPD pre-Passover briefing
Photo credit Marla Diamond
By WCBS Newsradio 880

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The NYPD is assuring the city’s Jewish community that synagogues and cultural centers will get extra attention before and during the Passover holiday.

Local rabbis and religious leaders gathered for the 40th annual NYPD pre-Passover briefing in a year that has seen a spike in hate crimes, according to head of the bias crimes unit Timothy Hollywood.

“Unfortunately, it has been a horrific first quarter of the year,” said Hollywood, “We had 115 cases vs. 66 for a 74 percent increase.”

Anti-Semitic crimes are up this year by 50 percent, the highest number reported in Crown Heights, Brooklyn.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill calls the increase troubling but promises, “We certainly won’t hide from this. It only strengthens our resolve to combat any and all forms of bias, prejudice and hate, but we need your help.”