NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is warning police officers about a possible threat from the MS-13 gang, particularly when they are off-duty.
CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports that in a bulletin the NYPD put out this alert: “Members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue.”READ MORE: Vote To Be Held On Removing Thomas Jefferson Statue From New York City Hall
The bulletin says that the gang members would carry out the attacks on off-duty officers “in order to gain street credibility.”
While the threat has not been substantiated, law enforcement experts say this cannot be taken lightly.
“Whenever a law enforcement officer is being threatened, especially by an organization like MS-13 which we already know is uber violent and has killed numerous people throughout the country if not throughout the world, this has to be taken serious,” said former FBI agent Manny Gomez.READ MORE: Cardi B Due Back In Queens Court For Alleged Role In 2018 Strip Club Brawl
The bulletin suggests the gang may be looking to target police officers off-duty near their homes, warning that “these members are conducting reconnaissance of MOS private residences”
“They are going above and beyond what any other gang does, and the scary part is that we already know that they legitimately carry out their threats and they are extremely violent,” said Gomez.
Police are warning law enforcement to take extra precautions and not to let their guard down particularly when they are in and around their homes and off duty.MORE NEWS: Former President Donald Trump Expected To Give Video Deposition In Trump Tower Security Lawsuit
They say that includes changing routines whenever possible.