Long Beach police increase patrols for start of Rosh Hashanah
The Long Beach Police Department is increasing patrols as celebrations of Rosh Hashanah get underway.
Police officials tell News 12 they will have at least three to four extra patrols during the high holy days. There will be a police presence at Long Beach synagogues and temples.
"We have spoken to the leadership of all of our synagogues to ensure that the department is fully aware of their worship schedule so we can provide an additional layer of security when people are actually on the premises," says Long Beach Police Commissioner Ron Walsh.
According to police, there have been no threats, but Walsh says with antisemitism up nationally precautions are needed.
"I pray for a time and maybe it's now people will not lift up weapons against each other and that the world will have no violence no more -- sweet and healthy new year!" says Rabbi Jack Zanerhaft, of Temple Emmanuel.
Long Beach police officials are asking any resident who sees something suspicious to call 911 immediately.