In the wake of the deadly Paris attacks, the security arm of national U.S. Jewish groups is asking Jewish institutions to report any incidents of threats, vandalism or attacks.
The Secure Community Network, or SCN, in a Jan. 18 memo told Jewish institutions that information it gathers could assist national law enforcement agencies in discerning any national trends in threats.
Organizations should first notify local law enforcement of any threat or incident, the memo said, and then SCN.
“This will allow SCN to better identify and assess incidents and trends and share that information back out to our security director and law enforcement network to keep you all better informed of other incidents across the country and assist you in security planning and decision making,” the SCN memo said.
The memo also urged institutions to instruct staff and volunteers to review SCN’s online training on facing attackers.
The memo described increased security in Europe in the wake of the Jan. 7-9 attacks in Paris on a satirical weekly, a kosher supermarket and police that left 17 people dead.
“While we are not aware of any credible, specific threats against Jewish organizations in the U.S. at this time, in light of the recent attacks in Paris and other counter-terrorism actions against suspected terrorist plots across Europe, it is imperative that we continue our vigilance, security efforts and increased information sharing to stay ahead of this continuously evolving threat,” SCN said.
SCN is funded by the Jewish Federations of North America and the Conference of Presidents of Major Jewish Organizations.