New York City Police Department’s top brass met Wednesday morning with senior Chabad rabbis to discuss security issues following the stabbing that occurred on Monday night at 770.
The delegation was led by NYPD Chief of Department, James O’Neill. Also attending were Commanding Officer Brooklyn South, Owen Monahan, Commanding Officer 71st Precinct, Deputy Inspector George Fitzgibbon, Inspector Ellen Chang of Community Affairs and Mr. Adam Berish of the Police Commissioner’s Office as well as Mr. Pinny Ringel from the office of NYC Mayor Bill DeBlasio.
The delegation met with senior Chabad leadership, Rabbi Yehuda Krinsky and Rabbi Moshe Kotlarsky, as well as Rabbi Mendel Sharfsetin, who directs the global security efforts of Chabad headquarters.
Chief O’Neill was emphatic about NYPD’s strong commitment to secure 770 and other Jewish sites throughout the city, assuring the group that police will reinforce and increase security efforts that are already in place.
The meeting reflected the close relationship that exists between Chabad leadership and law enforcement on all security matters. Rabbis Krinsky and Kotlarsky commended the NYPD for their ongoing support and swift response on Monday night. Their actions, said the rabbis gratefully, prevented potentially far worse consequences.
Rabbi Abe Friedman, a community leader and law enforcement chaplain, worked closely with Rabbi Sharfstein in facilitating the meeting at Chabad-Lubavitch Headquarters.