Usually a hat and jacket is the uniform we see in the halls of our local shuls, but today at Shomrei Emunah there was a plethora of law enforcement uniforms of all ranks walking through the halls gathering for the annual pre-high holiday security briefing. The overflow crowd of community Rabbis, communal leaders and volunteer organization members attended this important security briefing arranged by Baltimore City Councilman Isaac “Yitzy” Schleifer. Baltimore County Councilman Izzy Patoka was also present indicating the close relationship the two neighboring jurisdictions have when it comes to protecting our community and religious institutions. Baltimore County and Baltimore City Police Departments were well represented and reviewed the security initiatives in place as we approach Rosh Hashana, Yom Kippur and Sukkos. The attentive crowd was even able to hear from law enforcement intelligence unit leadership about the importance of notifying the Police when there are issues of suspicious persons or activities around our shuls. The various police departments were clear to point out numerous times how their close relationship with volunteer organizations in general and Shomrim in particular, was a primary piece of what makes this community safe. Being the “eyes and ears” of local law enforcement was highlighted repeatedly. As one community leader noted as he thanked the Police Departments for taking our community’s security seriously, “the increased police presence we have seen over the past years during the holidays does not happen by chance or coincidence. Leadership starts at the top. It is only through the diligent work of Councilman Schleifer and his partnership with Councilman Patoka and the various Police Departments that we have the security coverage our community requires.” May we have a safe and secure New Year and Yom Tov season.