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Counter-Terrorism Teams To Patrol Malls, Train Stations In 3 NY Counties

Random Sweeps To Be Conducted In Orange, Rockland And Sullivan Counties
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Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY (file/credit: Palisades Center Mall)

Palisades Center Mall, West Nyack, NY (file/credit: Palisades Center Mall)

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WEST NYACK, N.Y. (CBSNewYork/AP) – Law enforcement counter-terrorism teams will be on patrol at shopping malls and commuter train stations in a three-county area north of New York City.

New York State Police said Counter-Terrorism Action Teams will be conducting random checks Wednesday in Orange, Rockland and Sullivan Counties.

Officials said the patrols will focus on increasing the security of the shopping public during the holiday season by boosting awareness of potential terrorist activity.

Officers will be distributing “See Something Say Something” flyers and conducting commercial vehicle checks of delivery trucks at several roadside locations.

“The Palisades Center Mall is the second largest mall in the country, it’s important that location be hardened,” incoming Rockland County Executive Ed Day, who is a retired detective and security consultant, told WCBS 880’s Sean Adams. “There are never times for us to be fearful, these are times for us to be aware.”

Some 60 law enforcement personnel from 20 agencies will be participating.

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