Suffolk police help places of worship prepare for threats – Newsday

“We’d hoped to offer this in 2018,” he said. “After the shooting in Texas, we wanted to accelerate the timeline.”

Laura Blasey covers trending stories and breaking news for the Long Island desk. She has been at Newsday since 2015 and is a University of Maryland alumna.

“I feel generally safe — we’re one of the biggest churches and a lot of cops and military officers attend,” said Anthony Vidot, 50, of Wyandanch, a volunteer with Upper Room Christian World Center in Dix Hills. “But I also feel we should get this knowledge and training to help and be better prepared.”

Threats to mosques in the U.S. and conflicts in Israel have also put the local Jewish and Muslim communities on alert, police said.

Around the country, houses of worship have faced threats and violence in recent months. On Nov. 5, Devin Patrick Kelley stormed First Baptist Church in Sutherland Springs, Texas, near San Antonio, during a Sunday service. Kelley shot and killed 26 people and injured 20 more , before killing himself.

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