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September 30, 2005

County employees will become “eyes and ears” at public facilities such as Kensico Dam and treatment plants

What do you do when you find a suspicious package? Who do you call if you see something odd or out of the normal routine? These are among some of the questions likely to come up today, Thursday, Sept. 29th, from 8-10 AM, when Westchester County parks, public works and environmental facilities employees participate in a training session on security awareness at the County Center in White Plains.

“People are concerned about public safety these days, whether it’s security at Kensico Dam or our sewage treatment plants,’’ said County Executive Andy Spano. “That’s why I asked our Public Safety Commissioner to institute additional awareness training for our employees who work at public facilities.’’

Commissioner Thomas Belfiore said that members of his department including experts on anti-terrorism, explosive devices, and crime prevention would cover a range of topics. Among some of the topics to be discussed are: how to assess threats, bomb threats, recognizing explosives, suspicious persons and how to handle suspicious mail, fire emergencies and assisting disabled vehicles.

“These are people who are out there everyday in our parks and public facilities,’’ said Belfiore. “They notice when something is out of the ordinary. They are in the best position to be our eyes and ears, and that is how they can help us to protect the public.’’ The training session is part of Spano’s on-going efforts to improve training for employees and emergency personnel to better protect the public.


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