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May 2, 2011

Re:  Update from the State Office of Homeland Security

Dear Mayor:

 In response to a request to the State Police and State Office of Homeland Security this morning from Hope Mayor Tim McDonough, Chair of the League’s Emergency Management Preparedness Committee, Charles McKenna, Director of the Office of Homeland Security asked us to forward the following information to you.. 

William G. Dressel, Jr.
Executive Director

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Governor Chris Christie and I have been in close contact since 10:00 p.m. last evening when he was informed by the Secretary of the Department of Homeland Security, Janet Napolitano, that Osama bin Laden had been killed by U.S. Special Forces.  We at the Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness have been coordinating since then with our various federal, state and local partners.  At this time there is no specific threat that we are aware of to New Jersey or this Country.    This morning we held a conference call with all 21 County Counter-Terrorism Coordinators.  We have been reaching out to various religious groups in the State, including the Muslim community to ensure that there are no bias related crimes targeted at any of our citizens.  We have also reached out to the private sector community to keep everyone as informed as they can be.

The possibility of retaliation exists after an event such as this but as I stated, there is no specific information at this time that there is any particular act on the horizon.  Nevertheless, it is important for people to be aware of their surroundings as they go about their business.  If a citizen sees something that is suspicious he or she should report it immediately, either to a person on the scene or by calling a 24 hour suspicious activity reporting line maintained by OHSP.  The number is 1-866-4-SAFE-NJ (1-866-472-3365).  During this week and beyond people may notice a heightened police presence in areas of public assemble.  That is not due to a specific threat but rather out of a heightened sense of preparedness.  New Jersey is engaged in a coordinated effort at the federal, state, county and municipal level to ensure as best we can the safety of our citizens.  I thank you for your assistance in our efforts to keep New Jersey safe.  If you have any specific questions please contact your Municipal or County Counter-Terrorism Coordinators or this Office.

Charles McKenna
Director of the State Office of the Homeland Security

 

 

 

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