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LAPD steps up patrols around Sikh temples

August 6, 2012 | 11:05 am

Police in Los Angeles have stepped up their patrols around Sikh temples, advising officers to take an extra look at those places of worship for at least the remainder of the day, officials said Monday.

In the wake of the tragedy in Wisconsin that left seven people dead, the Los Angeles Police Department has instructed officers on patrol to make extra swings past Sikh temples in North Hollywood, Northridge, Canoga Park and elsewhere. In addition, department officials have gone to the temples to meet with their members.

"We always have that fear that there might be a copycat, so we just provide the extra patrol to make sure everything is safe," said LAPD Officer Norma Eisenman. "It’s something done when any major incident happens" in another part of the country.

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In Los Feliz, police were making sure officers already on patrol periodically pass the Vermont Gurdwara temple just north of Hollywood Boulevard.

"We’re not guarding it 24-7," said Lt. Mike Menza of the LAPD’s Northeast Division. "But I have a car in the area that’s aware of it and is going by frequently, just to let the people there know and so they don’t feel they’re unsafe."

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