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Achiezer Hosts Second Annual Historic Law Enforcement Forum
June 01, 2022
On Tuesday, May 31st, a historic gathering between the leadership of the New York City Police Department as well as the Nassau County Police Department took place at the White Shul. Achiezer extends its heartfelt gratitude to Rabbi Eytan Feiner and the entire White Shul team for hosting this event and opening their doors for this important gathering.

Along with the New York City Mayor's office, these two departments came together for a joint briefing geared towards Rabbonim, Roshei Yeshiva as well as yeshiva and shul leadership. The Mayor's office was represented by Chief Advisor to the Mayor, Dr. Ingrid Lewis-Martin, Senior Advisor Joel Eisdorfer and CAU Commissioner Fred Kreisman.

The highlight of the event was the presence of the newly appointed NYPD Commissioner Keechant Sewell. Commissioner Sewell previously served in our own community and has a long standing relationship with Rabbi Boruch Ber Bender and the entire Achiezer team. In addition, the NYPD was also represented by Chief Kevin Williams, newly appointed Commander of Queens South, Deputy Inspector Eric Robinson of the 101st Precinct as well as Inspector Richie Taylor of Community Affairs who was responsible for much of the coordination of this event. The Nassau County Police Department was represented by Inspector Vincent Boden, Commanding Officer of the 4th Precinct, Officer John Zanni of the POP Team and DSGT John Henkel of the 4th Squad.

The focus of the meeting centered around recent anti-Semitic attacks in the Jewish community, advice to shuls and schools in light of the recent shootings across the country as well as additional security measures in advance of Shavuos and other Yomim Tovim.

Approximately 40 local Rabbonim attended as well as representatives from Hatzalah, JCCRP, RNSP, NCPD Auxiliary, NYPD Clergy Liaisons and numerous yeshiva executive directors from both sides of the 878. The meeting ended on a high note with the hopes that along with our dedicated Police Departments and our own continued vigilance, we will continue to be safe and secure from all of the aforementioned issues. A follow up meeting is already in the works which will specifically address and work with yeshiva/shul directors and security coordinators.

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