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NYS Officers Increase Westchester County Security

Officers will be executing safety checks at high traffic areas throughout Westchester County this Fourth of July weekend, according to a press release from New York State Counter Terrorism Zone 3.

The checks are part of a program called "Operation Safeguard" began today and will end Tuesday morning. Law enforcement officials will have security checks at train stations, parking lots, along bus routes, at shopping malls and at public parks where holiday events will occur.

"With each day we learn of new tools and tactics that individuals who intend to impair our way of life may use to advance their plans," said Irvington Police Chief Michael Cerrone, the chairman of the Counter Terrorism Zone-3 Committee. "As you celebrate the holidays, be mindful of behavior that does not match the usual pattern of activity found within our daily lives. If you see something, say something."

Westchester County residents may notice an increase in police presence, but there is no new threat to the safety of the county, according to the press release.

The press release cautions people not to confront any suspicious individuals or to reveal their suspicions to those individuals. Officers encourage people to record as many details as possible and to notify local officials if they see suspicious behavior.

The Safe New York State Tipline can be reached at 1-866-SAFE-NYS (1-866-723-3697).

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