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GPD trains at Knesseth Israel

GLOVERSVILLE — Members of the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team last week conducted a walk through and training exercise at the Knesseth Israel Synagogue following discussions over security between synagogue representatives and police in the wake of anti-Semitic violence and attacks against houses of worship across the country in recent months.

The training exercise conducted at the Knesseth Israel Synagogue on East Fulton Street on Wednesday provided members of the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team the opportunity to familiarize themselves with the physical layout of the building to ensure an appropriate response in the event of a critical incident, according to a police press release.

The Glove Cities Emergency Response Team is a specialized law enforcement unit comprised of members of the Gloversville and Johnstown Police Departments.

The training followed meetings between synagogue representatives and Gloversville Police Department command staff over the past several weeks to discuss security measures at the building and to “integrate local law enforcement into the synagogue’s operations in the event of a critical incident.”

Police cited recent anti-Semitic attacks in New York and New Jersey and attacks against other houses of worship across the country as prompting the meetings.

Police thanked synagogue representatives for providing officers the training opportunity.

“The Glove Cities Emergency Response Team would like to thank the Knesseth Israel Synagogue for permitting them to utilize their location for training and would also like to recognize them for their diligence in investing in their security,” the press release stated.

Following the training the Glove Cities Emergency Response Team is inviting other interested houses of worship, businesses and community organizations to contact the team to organize similar law enforcement exercises at their facilities.

The Glove Cities Emergency Response Team can be contacted by phone at (518) 773-4505.

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