Sacramento area law enforcement is promising to provide extra patrols for local houses of worship in the aftermath of the deadly mosque shootings in New Zealand.
During a Friday news conference by the Council of Sacramento Valley Islamic Organizations, sergeants Vance Chandler and Shaun Hampton, who represented the Sacramento Police Department and the Sheriff's department respectively, assured faith leaders in attendance that additional resources were put into place as soon as the news about the attacks in New Zealand.
"We stand with the people of New Zealand, we stand with people in our community, and will stay here, we will stand with you and defend you," said Hampton.
The executive director of the Sacramento Council on American-Islamic Relations, Basim Elkarra, is encouraging leaders of Sacramento area houses of worship to apply for a $75,000 federal grant to beef up security. "We getting the word out, working with the local police department as well the U.S. Attorney's Office to make that the community knows about these grants," said Elkarra.