NYPD officers will remain on alert all day today following the death of Osama bin Laden, Police Commissioner Ray Kelly announced. While no specific threats exist, Kelly issued a message to all NYPD precincts last night to be on guard for potential retaliation for bin Laden’s death.
The subway system in particular will receive more police attention today, said an NYPD spokesperson. Gov. Andrew Cuomo warned the state overall to be on heightened alert.
In Philadelphia, the police are paying special attention to all mosques and synagogues in the city with hourly checks, according to Philadelphia Police Lieutenant Raymond J. Evers.
Some similar action is occurring here in New York.
The well-known 96th Street mosque did not add security, said Sheikh Shamsi Ali, imam of the mosque, but Ali said he spoke with the local police precinct this morning.
A spokesperson for the Manhattan Jewish Community Center on Broadway and 76th Street said there has been no increase in security there today.
The MTA has increased patrols on the Long Island Rail Road and Metro-North today, said a spokesperson. The MTA also increased security at key locations across the MTA’s transportation system.