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D.C. Police Heighten Security As Tensions On Syria Rise

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As lawmakers on Capitol Hill debate a potential military strike on Syria, D.C. police are heightening security at specific locations around the city.

Deputy Mayor for public safety Paul Quander says there is an increased presence of MPD officers at certain spots in D.C., including several synagogues because of the upcoming Jewish holidays.

Rosh Hashanah, the Jewish New Year, begins at sundown on Wednesday, Sept. 4. Yom Kippur, the holiest day in the Jewish calendar, is on Sept. 13

Quander says this "heightened visibility" is not in response to any specific or credible threats against D.C. and says there will not be any major shift changes for officers.

The deputy mayor, who made the announcement at a press conference today, reminds people to stay alert and contact authorities if they notice something out of the ordinary or suspicious.


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