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US Jewish security organization opens command center to monitor antisemitism

Secure Community Network’s Chicago-based main monitoring room can be operational 24 hours a day, as it was during the Jewish holidays

A view of the Secure Community Network's new command center in Chicago. (Courtesy of SCN  via JTA)
A view of the Secure Community Network's new command center in Chicago. (Courtesy of SCN via JTA)

JTA — The Secure Community Network, which coordinates security for Jewish institutions across the US, has opened a command center in Chicago to monitor antisemitic threats.

The center’s main room is a monitoring room with a 16-foot video screen that shows a map and tally of incident reports and potential threats across the country. It is staffed by some 10 people on a daily basis, but can be operational 24 hours a day, as it was over the High Holidays this month.

The opening of the center comes as statistics from watchdog groups show a rise in antisemitic incidents in recent years.

Michael Masters, CEO of the Secure Community Network, said in a statement that the command center “allows us to have a central location for the community, security officials and our partners, to include law enforcement, to report, coordinate and protect the Jewish Community.”

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