Chico PD increases presence around houses of worship

Monday, Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $15 million in funding to help religious and community-based nonprofits boost security.

Posted: Apr 29, 2019 11:28 PM
Updated: Apr 30, 2019 10:28 AM

CHICO, Calif. -  Gov. Gavin Newsom announced $15 million in funding to help religious and community-based nonprofits boost security Monday.

Newsom made the announcement during a press conference about the synagogue shooting in San Diego County.

Chico Police Chief Mike O'Brien said his department increased its security presence around houses of faith in the city.

People from the Chabad of Chico are thankful for the move.

"Firstly, we're very grateful to the police department for providing that, that's important. And especially a house of worship, we need to mope in such times because we need to install such of a higher, moral ethical feeling in people that there's something greater than us," said Rabbi Mendy Zwievel.

Chief O'Brien said he will maintain the increased security presence as long as he deems it necessary for the public's safety.

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