Security to be tight during Passover

No immediate threats reported
April 8, 2008 5:02:38 PM PDT
Despite an absence of specific threats, the New York Police Department plans to beef up security later this month during the Jewish holiday of Passover.The NYPD's deputy commissioner of intelligence, David Cohen, told Jewish leaders at a meeting on Tuesday that counterterrorism forces "will be in high gear throughout the Passover period."

Cohen says New York City and its large Jewish population face constant threats in al-Qaida, the Hezbollah guerrilla group and so-called homegrown terrorists. But he stresses that the department has no evidence of any specific terrorist activity related to Passover.

Police officials say that as a precaution, the NYPD will step up patrols in Jewish communities and around places of worship.

The weeklong Passover observance begins at sundown on April 19.