Police deployed extra units to crowded areas of the city and were on heightened alert after scores of people were killed Friday in a series of shootings and bombings in Paris. New York officials said they were acting out of an abundance of caution and there were no known threats.
“Every time we see an attack like this, it is not only sobering, it is a reminder to be prepared, to be vigilant and to make sure that we are reinforcing in places where there would be the greatest likelihood of a potential follow-up attack,” Mayor Bill de Blasio said in an interview with WABC. But he stressed “there are no specific threats directed at New York City that we know of at this time.”
The Police Department said there was “no indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City.” Police officials sent security units to French government locations in the city immediately after the attacks. Heavily armed officers were stationed near the French consulate in Manhattan, and two officers stood guard in front of the door. A small bundle of yellow roses sat on a planter near the door.
The city’s Police Department has detectives from its intelligence division stationed in France. Those detectives are serving as liaisons and will help police in Paris as needed, police said.
“We are monitoring very, very closely the situation with our federal partners and obviously with the folks we have in Paris,” de Blasio said.
Gov. Andrew Cuomo ordered state law enforcement officials to remain vigilant after the attacks.