As the horrific events in Pittsburgh, Pennsylvania unfolded and the extent of the threat was not yet known, the Sheriff's Department initiated several actions locally. First, we provided extra patrols around Jewish centers, schools, and synagogues, especially during service times. Second, I activated our Regional Threat Assessment Center with a specific eye toward similar threats, either current or within the recent past. Next, our Intelligence Operations Group went to work monitoring intelligence, media, and social media outlets to determine if the event, threat or suspect had any ties locally.
I communicated with the FBI locally to ensure open communication and exchange of information. Further, I communicated with the Jewish representative of the Sheriff's Outreach Community Advisory Board (SOCAB), who could further liaise between the Sheriff's Department and the Jewish Community as the details unfolded.
As of this time, there appears to be no local link or ties for the suspect in the shooting, and no local threat posed from the incident.
Within the last year, we have taken several measures to enhance security at places of worship, including developing and presenting a series of training events for worship leaders on facility security, critical incident pre-planning and active shooter response for places of worship; conducted security and site assessments for numerous places of worship; and--most importantly--have developed and maintained relationships with many religious leaders of various faiths throughout Sacramento County.
The Sheriff's Department is committed to helping ensure safe worship for ALL religions and beliefs, and we stand together in sorrow with the victims and their families, the Jewish community and the entire Community of Pittsburgh.
-Sheriff Scott Jones