Post Tagged with: "Shomrim"

(Photo by Josh Nathan-Kazis/Jewish Daily Forward)

Orthodox Patrol Seeks to Block Police Access to Security Camera Footage

Brooklyn, Crime August 13, 2012 at 3:03 pm

Even as the state prepares to set up a $1 million security camera system in Boro Park, the head of an Orthodox Jewish security force has argued for blocking the New York City Police Department from direct access to footage from the cameras, reported the Jewish Daily Forward.

Keeping Eye on Crime: A new program will put more cameras in Orthodox neighborhoods in Brooklyn. It will be run by volunteer groups, not the police. (Photo by Shmuel Lenchevsky, via The Forward)

Orthodox Volunteers to Run $1M ‘Leiby Kletzky Security Initiative’

Brooklyn, Crime June 5, 2012 at 5:13 pm

After the murder of 8-year-old Leiby Kletzky last year, Jewish neighborhoods in Brooklyn will have security cameras near schools and synagogues, courtesy of a $1 million state-funded program, reported The Forward. The cameras may be monitored by the Jewish Shomrim patrol, which has been criticized for failing to promptly notify the police of crimes.

Distrust of the police in Orthodox and Hasidic worlds runs extremely deep. Shomrim members, all volunteers, usually describe their roles as those of intermediaries, liaisons between city and community. (Photo from via Jewish Daily Forward)

Opinion: Baltimore Violence Raises Questions About Jewish Patrol

Crime, Opinion, Religion May 24, 2012 at 4:12 pm

After the alleged beating of a black teenager in Baltimore by members of a volunteer Orthodox Jewish police force, Matthew Schaer explores the history of that force, the Shomrim, in Brooklyn — including allegations that its members have targeted black men.