What to Know
- The memo says there is no credible threat against the departments and the security measures are precautionary
- The move comes after gunmen killed eight law enforcement officers in Baton Rouge and Dallas in the last few weeks
- NYPD had told officers to patrol in pairs after each shooting
The NYPD is posting heavily armed police units outside precincts and station houses in the wake of police killings in Baton Rouge, Louisiana, and Dallas over the last several weeks, a department memo obtained by NBC 4 New York reveals.
The memo says that officers from two of the department's elite units, the Critical Response Command and Strategic Response Group, began patrolling with helmets and long guns outside police stations and transit districts on Monday.
The memo said that while no credible threats against the department or its officers have been made, NYPD officials are urging officers to "remain vigilant and utilize safe tactics both on and off-duty."
The measures come days after gunmen killed eight police officers in separate shootings in Dallas and Baton Rouge.
The NYPD had told officers to take extra precautions and patrol in pairs after each shooting.