Major U.S. cities said they were increasing police patrols in response to the terrorist attacks Friday in Paris, though local police officials said it did not appear that there was any threat to any of these places, the Washington Post reports. “At this time, we know of no specific or credible threats of an attack on the U.S. homeland of the type that occurred in Paris tonight,” said Homeland Security Secretary Jeh Johnson. Police in New York City were deployed “to crowded areas around the city out of an abundance of caution,” a department spokesman said.
Officers were sent to French government locations in New York immediately after the attacks. Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We learned through painful experience that we had to protect ourselves. … New York knows this all too well. And that's why we know we have to be ready.” Counterterrorism officers and other police were deployed throughout the city because the New York Police Department “must rededicate ourselves to the mission of keeping this city and her people safe,” said Police Commissioner William Bratton. “It's what we do. There is no known nexus between the attacks in Paris and New York City, but we are cops, and we are cautious.”