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US Jewish security organization says no known threats to other institutions

The Secure Community Network, which coordinates security for Jewish institutions across the US, says there are no known threats to any other Jewish institutions as the hostage situation at Congregation Beth Israel in Colleyville, Texas continues.

“This situation appears to be local and isolated,” the organization says.

“SCN is not aware of any direct, credible threats to any other institutions. SCN encourages all organizations to constantly evaluate their security efforts, and maintain vigilance in implementing them.”

The group is monitoring the situation and is in contact with law enforcement agencies and Jewish organizations.

SCN says representatives from Congregation Beth Israel took part in one of its security training programs last year. The training in Fort Worth focused on situational awareness and how to respond to emergency situations.

Police in several US cities have increased patrols around synagogues, and Jewish community protection groups have also stepped up activity in New York.

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