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Community Security Update from the City of Bexley

Sunday, Oct 15, 2023 at 6:16 pm

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Updated October 16, 2023originally posted October 12, 2023

We are aware of concerns for the safety of our community in light of threats made internationally to Jewish populations throughout the world. We take any potential threats to the safety of our Bexley community with the utmost concern. The Bexley Police Department is a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and continuously monitors potential threats to our community in partnership with state and federal agencies. Over the past week, BPD has been in regular contact with the FBI, as well as other local, state, and federal safety officials, and at this time there are no increased security risks or threats to the Central Ohio area that are deemed to be credible.

Additionally, on Sunday, October 15, Bexley Police took reports and began investigating a case of an individual using threatening, anti-semitic language at two properties in the city. Bexley Police take any threat to the security of our residents with the utmost seriousness, and have immediately responded with an investigation and charges against the identified suspect.

The Bexley Police will continue to monitor risks to the Bexley community in conjunction with their law enforcement partners and will immediately notify community stakeholders if a credible threat is established. 

Furthermore, there are many gruesome images online, especially on social media. As always, parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss social media use with their children, who should be aware of the unpredictability of whether or when they may see something horrific. It is also important to not rely on social media for security information.

We take the safety of our community very seriously, and we appreciate your partnership in maintaining a secure environment. Please continue to communicate any safety concerns you may have. Together, we can ensure our schools and community remain safe and welcoming places for residents and visitors to our city.

Original Post (October 12, 2023):

We are aware of concerns for the safety of our community in light of threats made internationally to Jewish populations throughout the world. We take any potential threats to the safety of our Bexley community with the utmost concern. The Bexley Police Department is a member of the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force and continuously monitors potential threats to our community in partnership with state and federal agencies. Over the past several days, BPD has been in regular contact with the FBI, as well as other local, state, and federal safety officials, and at this time there are no increased security risks or threats to the Central Ohio area that are deemed to be credible.

Based upon that assessment, the Bexley Police encourage members of the school community, including the students, faculty, and staff of our schools, to continue tomorrow as a standard school day. We must remain vigilant at all times. In essence, if you see something, say something and contact local law enforcement. 

As a proactive measure, there will be increased police patrols tomorrow and Saturday, throughout Bexley, to include visibility around schools and synagogues. This is not because there have been any credible threats, but because we know many are anxious and concerned, and we are committed to maintaining the highest level of service and care for our community. 

The Bexley Police will continue to monitor risks to the Bexley community in conjunction with their law enforcement partners and will immediately notify community stakeholders if a credible threat is established. 

Furthermore, there are many gruesome images online, especially on social media. As always, parents/guardians are encouraged to discuss social media use with their children, who should be aware of the unpredictability of whether or when they may see something horrific. It is also important to not rely on social media for security information.

We take the safety of our community very seriously, and we appreciate your partnership in maintaining a secure environment. Please continue to communicate any safety concerns you may have. Together, we can ensure our schools and community remain safe and welcoming places for all students, staff, and citizens.

Sincerely,

Mayor Ben Kessler

Dr. Jason Fine, Superintendent of Bexley City Schools

Chief Gary D. Lewis, Jr., Bexley Police Department

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