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Osama Bin Laden’s Death Puts SFPD On Alert

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SAN FRANCISCO (CBS 5) ― San Francisco Police Chief Greg Suhr told CBS 5 on Sunday night that the SFPD was on heightened alert as news of Osama Bin Laden’s death spread across the globe, spurring the possibility of reprisal attempts on U.S. soil.

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Suhr, who has only been in the role of the city’s top cop for a few days, said that officers would be keeping a close eye on developments and the department would be prepared to respond accordingly to any situation that might arise.

Specifically, the chief told CBS 5 that as a precaution there would be additional uniformed officers deployed through at least Monday at public transit areas — including Bay Area Rapid Transit stations, San Francisco Muni train and bus stations and San Francisco International Airport terminals.

In addition, Suhr said that officers would be doing frequent precautionary checks on the city’s religious institutions, most notably mosques and synagogues.

While Suhr emphasized that there was no specific threat to the city, he indicated that the SFPD was coordinating intelligence with the Federal Bureau of Investigation.

With a number of tourist attractions famed worldwide, San Francisco has been on heightened alert periodically over the years for the possibility of terrorist actions.

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