Long Beach Port “Closely Watching” Critical Infrastructure in Wake of Paris Attacks

As France begins to confront the outcome of four coordinated attacks in central Paris that reportedly left at least 120 dead and dozens wounded, the City of Long Beach is on alert.

Port of Long Beach (POLB) Spokesperson Lee Peterson said that the port's Joint Command and Control Center was monitoring news about the attacks and remaining vigilant. 

“In light of the Paris situation, Port Police and Harbor Patrol are closely watching critical infrastructure and tourist locations throughout the Port,” Peterson said.

Long Beach Police Department (LBPD) Spokeswoman Nancy Pratt said the department was operating under "heightened awareness," taking a number of steps that include closely monitoring facilities in the city such as the airport, port, and entertainment areas and conducting high-visibility patrols at transportation hubs. 

"We are in communication with our federal, state and local counterparts to stay apprised of any potential threats to the area," Pratt said. The LBPD urges anyone who witnesses suspicious activity to call 9-1-1 immediately. 

The U.S. Customs and Border Protection (Homeland Security) for the Long Beach port did not immediately respond to inquiries from the Post regarding a strategy in light of the attacks.

This story will be updated as more information becomes available. Follow the New York Times' live coverage for the latest news on the situation in Paris.

This story was updated at 4:41PM with information regarding the LBPD strategy. 



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