Local police agencies on heightened alert after Paris attacks

Bryan DalPorto

Following Friday night's terror attacks in Paris, local and state police agencies are on heightened alert.

"In this case, as in any other case similar to this, we stay vigilant as far as anti-terrorism measures," Police Superintendent Bryan DalPorto said Saturday afternoon.

DalPorto said a Niagara Falls Police Detective with affiliation in Buffalo's FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force is in place "just for this type of business."

"He keeps us in the loop with our federal law enforcement partners," he said.

Niagara County Undersheriff Micheal Felicetti echoed DalPorto's statement. Felicetti said Sheriff James Voutour has been in touch with a sheriff's investigator assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force who's keeping the sheriff's office abreast of all updates as they come in.

"Our patrol guys are well aware of the incident in Paris and are at a heightened vigilance for anything suspicious," Felicetti said.

Mayor Paul Dyster said that heightened security and communication measures stretch from the federal to the local level

Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo has put state agencies, including the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the New York State Police, National Guard, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority and the Port Authority of New York and New Jersey to be on a heightened state of alert.

Niagara Falls, given its international border and its proximity to the Robert Moses Power Project, has become something of a cautionary location in the wake of 2001's Sept. 11 terrorist attacks in New York City.

Though no serious threats to the area have been reported in the past 15 years, DalPorto said his department regularly monitors the FBI's intelligence bulletins and threat assessment levels.

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