Connecticut Mosques Look At Safety Measures After New Zealand Shootings

Mar 18, 2019

Following the mass shootings at mosques in New Zealand, some Connecticut Muslims are looking at ways to be better prepared for an attack.

A coalition of mosques in Connecticut said it's been telling its members to get to know their local police departments and ask for increased patrols, especially during prayer time.

Dr. Reza Mansoor serves on board of the Muslim Coalition of Connecticut, and is the president of the Islamic Association of Greater Hartford, a mosque in Berlin. 

"We're also looking at active shooter training by the police department and the FBI, and also lockdown procedures for the Sunday school system, because we have kids in different Sunday schools in mosques throughout the state," he said. 

Police Chief Robert Duffy in West Springfield — home of the Islamic Society of Western Massachusetts — would not talk specifics on what his force is doing to protect the mosque.

But Duffy said he addressed the congregation after the New Zealand shootings, and said, "Let's watch out for each other, and be good neighbors."