NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) – The NYPD is warning police officers about a possible threat from the MS-13 gang, particularly when they are off-duty.
CBS2’s Dick Brennan reports that in a bulletin the NYPD put out this alert: “Members of MS-13 are looking to ‘hit’ NYPD police officers, specifically in the Brentwood/Central Islip area as well as possibly Patchogue.”
The bulletin says that the gang members would carry out the attacks on off-duty officers “in order to gain street credibility.” New York Local 2 News reports.
“These members are conducting reconnaissance of MOS [members of service] private residences,”
The department has warned its officers to remain on alert while on or off duty and take precautions to ensure their safety. Officers have also been advised to change up their daily routines in order to make them less predictable, and thus, less vulnerable to attacks.
“Whenever a law enforcement officer is being threatened, especially by an organization like MS-13 which we already know is uber violent and has killed numerous people throughout the country if not throughout the world, this has to be taken serious.
They are going above and beyond what any other gang does, and the scary part is that we already know that they legitimately carry out their threats and they are extremely violent,” Gomez added.” ~ former FBI agent Manny Gomez told CBS.
The warning stemmed from unsubstantiated threats, which law enforcement experts said the NYPD was right to take seriously.
Police said MS-13 twice threatened cops, pledging in one case to “take the streets back” in retaliation for arrests of gang members. The threat alerts drew strong reactions from officials in both Nassau and Suffolk counties.
“The reports are disturbing, but the Suffolk County police will not be deterred in any way in keeping the public safe,” County Executive Steve Bellone said Wednesday, adding that he took the reports “very seriously.”
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