Metro beefs up patrols in light of bombings in NYC, New Jersey

By Brittany Edney | bedney@lasvegasnow.com

Published 09/19 2016 11:28PM

Updated 09/19 2016 11:33PM

The bombings that happened in New York City and New Jersey over the weekend has affected how Metro Police patrols on the Las Vegas Strip.

Monday, there was an increased presence in Metro officers. 

"It's definitely a concern for us," said Officer Danny Cordero, PIO of Metro Police.  "At this time, there is no credible threat against Las Vegas, or against the tourists or community."

Metro says it's ready for any situation, but the agency has decided to step up security along the Strip in light of the bombings in New York that injured 29 people.

"We are adjusting resources, shifting officers as need be and are having surges on the Strip," Officer Cordero said.  "We have officers going around locations at random times of the day because we believe we need to be out there."

Law enforcement in New York sent out the bombing suspect's picture as a phone alert, and the wide-spread virtual manhunt worked.  A bar owner in new jersey spotted the suspect, 28-year-old Ahmad Khan Rahami, and called the police.

Metro says it's never used that method, but it could be a possibility in the future.

"Nothing is off the table, said Officer Cordero.  "We will do everything we can do to keep the citizens of the community safe."
  
In the meantime, Metro says it has been extremely successful with social media outreach.

"We have our Twitter accounts and our Facebook accounts, that's how we're getting out there and getting our message across," said Officer Cordero.

Metro says it plans to continue pumping extra resources into the area as needed.

"The citizens need to see the black and white police cars and also those that are in plain clothes," Officer Cordero said.  "They need to see them and say, 'ok, I feel safe here'."

In regards to the recent events that happened in New York City, a woman reported the second bomb in Chelsea. First, the woman thought it was a child's science project, but then she realized it could be something more and alerted police.

Metro Police said what that woman did is the perfect example of what they're looking for from the community.  If you see anything suspicious or out of place at all, say something and give police a call.
  

 

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