APD logoUPDATED Oct. 19: Although no incidents nor specific or credible threats have been reported locally, the Arlington Police Department has been providing extra security and maintaining continuing awareness given iinternational events, and that policy continues.

This is being done since the Hamas attack at dawn Oct. 7 that killed some 1,300 civilians in Israel, Israel's declaration of war against Hamas and Hamas leadership's having deemed Oct. 13 as a "day of rage," during which Hamas was encouraging demonstrations. YourArlington asked today for an updated statement after explosions killed and injured patients at a hospital in Hamas-run Gaza, causing the international political situation to escalate yet further.

"Since Oct. 7, 2023, when the foreign terrorist organization Hamas conducted a surprise assault against Israeli communities on the Gaza border, we have been monitoring intelligence provided by our law enforcement partners at the Commonwealth Fusion Center, Boston Regional Intelligence Center (BRIC) and Homeland Security," said APD spokesman Captain Richard Flynn.

 He continued, "To date there have been no local specific threats however, the common message being shared amongst law enforcement is to take extra precautions for Jewish institutions in their jurisdictions. The Arlington Police Department is taking these precautions and will continue to do so."

He had said last week that the APD, like its counterparts elsewhere, continues to monitor information from law-enforcement partners such as the Boston Police Department, State Police, the U.S. Department of Homeland Security and the FBI.

"We're certainly on that since what transpired overseas," said Capt. Richard Flynn of the Arlington Police Department in the late afternoon of Oct. 13, noting that he personally had been out in the community, including around schools, since 7 a.m. 

There had been a police presence that day at every school, public and nonpublic, at dropoff and at pickup. He added that extra watchfulness will continue to take place around the sole Jewish congregation in the area, especially Friday nights through Saturday nights when weekly Shabbat/sabbath religious services generally take place.

Last week, members and supporters of the Center for Jewish Life collected baby clothes, baby toys, hygiene supplies, kosher nonperishable food and luggage to pack these items in, all meant for transport via El Al Airlines to help residents in Israel. YourArlington has inquired more than once as to whether these or similar items are still being sought -- and whether anyone at the center wishes to comment for publication.

Flynn concluded by reminding Arlingtonians that the perennial advice still applies: "If you see something, say something." Residents can always call the APD any time at 781-643-1212, he said -- or, in case of any genuine emergency, 911. 

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This news announcement was published in the late afternoon of Friday, Oct. 13, 2023, based on information from Capt. Richard Flynn, spokesman for the Arlington Police Department, and an email from the Center for Jewish Life. It was updated in the late afternoon of Wednesday, Oct. 19, 2023, with an additional statement.