City Heightens Security Posture on Syria Concerns

Public asked to remain vigilant

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|  Tuesday, Sep 3, 2013  |  Updated 9:21 PM EDT
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As Congress debates possible military involvement in Syria, District officials are raising their security posture. Residents and tourists should expect higher police visibility at sights that might present a target.

"We are about to celebrate certain Jewish holidays and so with that we want to make sure that we have a presence at some of the synagogues and some of our critical infrastructure facilities throughout the city," Deputy Mayor for Public Safety and Justice Paul A. Quander Jr. said Tuesday.

The Jewish High Holy Day of Rosh Hashanah begins at sundown on Wednesday and lasts until nightfall on Friday.

"We have heightened our visibility at certain locations and this is something that we do whenever there is any sense that additional attention needs to be made," Quander said.

There is no specific information about a possible attack, Quander said, and the Metropolitan Police Department is not in "All Hands on Deck" mode, but he reminded the public to stay vigilant.

"We have sent out word to our employees and employees of the Department of Transportation and the Department of Public Works to continue to be vigilant and we say this to everyone: 'If you see something, say something,'" Quander recommended.

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