LAPD Beefs Up Patrols After Paris Attacks; No Known Threats in LA: Officials - NBC Southern California

LAPD Beefs Up Patrols After Paris Attacks; No Known Threats in LA: Officials

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    LAPD Increases Officers After Paris Terror Attacks

    Los Angeles police added extra patrols at "critical infrastructure" sites and will have extra officers on hand at large public gatherings, a department spokesman said. Patrick Healy reports for the NBC4 News at 5 p.m. on Friday, Nov. 13, 2015. (Published Friday, Nov. 13, 2015)

    In light of multiple attacks that have left at least 127 people dead in Paris, Los Angeles police added extra patrols Friday at "critical infrastructure" sites and will have extra officers on hand at large public gatherings, a department spokesman said.

    "We are aware of the attacks in Paris and the command staff has been alerted," Officer Aareon Jefferson of the LAPD's Media Relations section said.

    He said there was no known threat to Los Angeles at this time, and the department was not on tactical alert. But department commanders were contacted and officers will be stepping up their presence at critical sites and places where large crowds are gathered -- such as a scheduled Justin Bieber concert Friday at Staples Center in downtown Los Angeles.

    "Our officers are well trained for this," LAPD Cmdr. Andrew Smith said. "We our monitoring the situation."

    Mayor Eric Garcetti said via Twitter there are "no confirmed credible threats here in Los Angeles" in response to the terror attacks in Paris, but he says the city is "taking all necessary precautions for heightened attention for our city."

    "Los Angeles stands with Paris against the horror of these attacks," Garcetti said. "Our love and prayers are with you."

    A media representative at the French Consulate in Los Angeles referred questions about the attacks to the French embassy in Washington.

    At least 127 people were killed in the worst attacks on France since World War II. Americans were among the 200 wounded, the State Department said. French President Francois Hollande vowed a "merciless" response against the perpetrators, as ISIS claimed responsibility.

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