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Bin Laden death: LAPD increases patrols of religious institutions, 'high profile' terrorist targets

Local authorities are increasing patrols at religious institutions and other potential terrorist targets in the wake of the death of 9/11 mastermind Osama bin Laden.

LAPD Deputy Chief Mike Downing, commanding officer of the Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau, said Sunday night that in the near term, there would be additional patrols around "high-profile targets." Police will be on the lookout for terrorist activities and possible hate crimes.

Photo gallery: Reactions to Osama bin Laden death

"We are somewhat concerned about any retaliation because of his [Bin Laden's] death," Downing said. "But with our partnerships and relationships that we've built over the last four or five years, we will stand with these communities to resist any attacks or hate incidents."

The LAPD has worked hard over the last five years in its outreach, particularly to build relationships and partnerships in the Muslim community in Los Angeles, which Downing called "our strength."

Downing cautioned that the public should be on the lookout for any behavior that has a "nexus to any type of terrorist activity with a focus on harming innocent people."

He said the LAPD would also be watching closely for hate crimes in schools or places of worship and urged anyone who sees unusual activity to contact the LAPD through iwatchla.org or through the (877) A-THREAT tip line.

Even with the death of Bin Laden, Downing said the relationship-building would continue. "This is the longer-term solution to the threat of violent extremism," Downing said, noting that LAPD officials would be meeting with Muslim community leaders in the L.A. area to discuss how these events will shape the new era in improved relations between the community and police.

Gina Marie Lindsey, executive director of Los Angeles World Airports, which operates Los Angeles International, Ontario International and Van Nuys airports, said all of the facilities were on heightened alert.

“We have our antenna out higher than normal,” she said.

Photo gallery: Reactions to Osama bin Laden death

Lindsey would not elaborate on security measures or detail what types of new patrols might be used at LAX.

Los Angeles County Sheriff Lee Baca has also said his department is on heightened alert and urged residents to be watchful for suspicious activity.

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-- Andrew Blankstein and Dan Weikel

 
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Kill,kill,kill,kill.Merciful God, help us. Is there never to be an end to the senseless loss of life? Well, we don't have to worry about ObL anymore,that'll show 'em we mean business. Perhaps. But the thing about a person who has a strong belief in 'an eye for an eye--they are not dissuaded. It is simply their way of life. Will there be repercussions? I do not know. Only time will tell. I would imagine ObL may have had a couple of admirer's who will not take this laying down.If we don't learn from the past... Sadly, such appears to be the case.I doubt if it will occur in my life-time,but maybe--God willing--man will learn from the past, in the not too distant future.

Proud to be a American!

The security all over LA is on High Alert. If we are to accept the event's of 911 as published by modern media outlet's. Then an attack on our interest will happen in retaliation. I lived in Los Angeles for 20 years. 2 plains in route to Los Angeles were among those high jacked so it is personal. However I would like to see pictures of this guy dead before I celebrate or before I get the any Muslim extremest on the defensive, we need proof. The White House must show proof.

A "nexus to any type of terrorist activity with a focus on harming innocent people."
Typical staff-babble, but it looks great on the weekly progress report. While we're looking for the mysterious nexus, we might want to keep an eye out for suspicious characters hanging around churches.

LAPD PSTF? Those guys are still in patrol with the rest of us, and I don't see them being recalled, nor do you have anyone doing what they were doing. Let me guess, you still have the Bear Cat, huh? Yeah, the Bomb squad and SWAT are NOT equipped or trained to conduct proper surveillance of threatened assets and locate terrorist operations, both pre-operational, or operational. They're reactionary, ie....after the incident starts or has been completed. So thanks to you and and the rest of the command staff, you, Chief Beck have left the door wide open for us to be hit by AQ or a lone wolf crazy. Put your egos away, pull your heads out of the sand, and do your jobs. I know it must pain you to read this from someone within the LAPD, but I am sick and tired of the weak "leadership" you and the rest of the command staff continue to display. The people of Los Angeles deserve far more than you egomaniacs are delivering. I never thought I would say this, but I pray to God the Feds are doing their jobs, because you and the rest of your command staff certainly aren't doing yours! You need to start listening to your low level supervision, who know whats going on, and not your bean counting, incompetent Captains and above. NYPD and the Feds have it right, Beck and the managers at the top of the LAPD have it completely wrong.

People like the LAPD management never get it right until after something goes horribly wrong. Just once, we'd like you too do your jobs before we get hit. After all, you're kind of getting paid for that. This police departments management and all it's lying disgust me. If you were quietly doing whats needed to be done, I would be less disgusted and a bit more discreet. But you're not. And what a time to roll the dice.

And Major Crimes Division sure isn't doing it! But don't worry, our vice units are out looking for prosti's.


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