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NYPD tightens security after London attack, LI police monitoring

An armed police officer stands on Borough High

An armed police officer stands on Borough High Street as police deal with an incident on London Bridge in London on Saturday, June 3, 2017. Witnesses reported a vehicle hitting pedestrians and injured people on the ground. Credit: AP / Dominic Lipinski

The NYPD tightened security in response to Saturday night’s terrorist attack in London, officials said.

“While there are no specific/credible threats to New York City, our Critical Response Command is deployed at heavily traveled pedestrian locations,” James R. Waters, the department’s counterterrorism chief, said in a statement.

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo issued a statement Saturday night calling the attacks “cowardly and senseless.”

“The safety and security of New Yorkers is our top priority, and we will continue to remain vigilant,” Cuomo said. He also said he had stepped up “security and patrols at high-profile locations across New York, including our airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.”

On Long Island, Suffolk County police said they were closely following the attack and its aftermath.

“The department is monitoring this incident and will deploy resources as necessary to protect the citizens of Suffolk County,” the Suffolk Police Department said in a statement. “Currently there is no increased credible threat to Suffolk County. The department continually monitors attacks worldwide and adjusts its posture accordingly.”

Suffolk Police Commissioner Timothy Sini and Chief of Department Stuart Cameron offered prayers for the victims — and those responding to the tragedy.

“All of the first responders in London are on our minds as they respond to this horrific incident,” they said in a joint statement.

Nassau police officials said in a Facebook post that “although there are no known imminent threats to Nassau County, police are monitoring these incidents along with federal, state, and local authorities.” Police officials added that they are “taking all steps necessary to ensure the safety of the public and its Police Officers. We remind our residents to go about their lives, but to remain vigilant.”

In March, after another terror attack in London, the NYPD deployed Critical Response Command units to United Kingdom-sensitive locations around New York City, such as the British Consulate and United Nations. Nassau police intensified patrols at all governmental buildings, mass transit, critical infrastructure, houses of worship and at significant public events.

With Matthew Chayes

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