Today, representatives of the Denver Police Department met with me and the Anti-Defamation League (ADL) to advise us of a conversation the police recently had with a long-time homeless Denver resident. The individual made a passing comment about a “Jewish Center.” The police have interviewed the individual extensively and have advised us that they DO NOT believe he is a person of imminent concern, although he has expressed negative thoughts about Jewish people and Israel.
The police have recommended no additional action on our part other than to continually monitor our environment for any actions, individuals or packages that seem out of place or unusual. We believe that our ongoing conversations with the Denver Police Department, as well as other law enforcement agencies and ADL, allow us to receive the most up to date information and we additionally believe it best to be communicative and transparent with our membership.
If ADL or any law enforcement agency alerts the JCC about any additional information that constitutes a specific threat or causes concern, we will take appropriate action and notify our membership. Over the past few years the JCC, in consultation with law enforcement agencies and ADL, has continually monitored our safety and security program and procedures. We believe these measures are consistent with community and national standards.
ADL will notify those responsible for security at Colorado Jewish institutions about this matter.
As always, the safety and security of our members and guests is our highest priority. Should you see any suspicious activity at the JCC or other Jewish facilities in our community we encourage you to contact the police immediately by calling 911.
Robert E Loup JCC