Assemblyman Dov Hikind (D-Brooklyn) joined members of the NYPD and NYC Office of Emergency Management (OEM) yesterday at Yeshiva Yagdil Torah in Boro Park to present active shooter protocols to the yeshiva’s assembled teachers and administration. The highly informative program highlighted the need for yeshiva personnel to deliver a plan of action in the event of an actual emergency.
“Today’s session was part of our on-going commitment to keep our community as safe as possible,” said Hikind, who has remained in the forefront of calling for and helping organize greater security for the community. “People understand that our yeshivas and places of worship are genuine potential targets, G-d forbid. Now it’s time to put plans in place and to practice those plans. We will continue working with the community’s schools as we did today because it’s vital to know what to do and how to react if and when we are put to that test.”
The program was presented by Sgt. Stephen Iannone of the NYPD Counter Terrorism Division along with Police Officer Chris Mazzey of Operation SHIELD. Natan Mandelbaum, Deputy Director of Training, Office of NYC Emergency Management, also addressed the attendees and stressed the importance of forming a solid plan of action in the event of any emergency.
Assemblyman Hikind thanked Rabbi Chaim Garfinkel and Rabbi Menachem Garfinkel for working with his office to make today’s event a success.