Security Heightened In Wake of Paris Terror

By City News Service

In light of apparent coordinated terrorist attacks that have left dozens dead in Paris, Los Angeles police added extra patrols today at “critical infrastructure” sites and will have extra officers on hand at large public gatherings, a department spokesman said.

“We are aware of the attacks in Paris and the command staff has been alerted,” Officer Aareon Jefferson of the LAPD’s Media Relations section said.

He said there was no known threat to Los Angeles, and the department was not on tactical alert. But department commanders were contacted and officers will be stepping up their presence at critical sites and places where large crowds are gathered — such as a scheduled Justin Bieber concert tonight at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

Mayor Eric Garcetti said via Twitter there are “no confirmed credible threats here in Los Angeles” in response to the terror attacks in Paris, but he said the city is “taking all necessary precautions for heightened attention for our city.”

“Los Angeles stands with Paris against the horror of these attacks,” Garcetti said. “Our love and prayers are with you.”

LAPD Chief Charlie Beck also expressed solidarity with Paris on Twitter.

“No city should have to undergo the sheer terror which took place in Paris,” he said. “LAPD stands with Paris against this unthinkable violence.”

The Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department reported that it was not taking extraordinary measures in response to the attacks.

“While there is no specific credible threat to Los Angeles County, sheriff’s personnel will be reminded to remain vigilant and maintain situational awareness. We urge the public to report any suspicious activity to a local law enforcement agency and if they see something, say something,”
according to the department.

LAPD and Sheriff’s department have previously identified “soft targets” and will step up patrols at those locations in response to elevated security concerns.

Police in Pasadena, where UCLA will be playing Washington State University at the Rose Bowl on Saturday night, echoed that advice while explaining that although no threats against the city have been identified, the department “is in ongoing communication with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and local law enforcement agencies … .”

As of now, no flights out of LAX to Paris have been cancelled, however, LAX spokesperson Mary Grady is advising anyone traveling to France to sign up with their airline carrier for text alerts because things could change quickly.

A media representative at the French Consulate in Los Angeles referred questions about the attacks to the French embassy in Washington.

At French-language school Le Lycee Francais de Los Angeles in West Los Angeles, a person who answered the phone said school administrators did not want to comment, saying they were mourning “a great tragedy.”
 

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