Police on alert in New York; security increased

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The NYPD is stepping up security in parts of the city Friday in response to the wave of attacks in Paris. Mayor Bill de Blasio said the NYPD is in a state of "vigilance." Immediately after the attacks in Paris, the NYPD responded to locations in New York. Counterterrorism units and Hercules Teams were dispatched to crowded areas across the city. FOX 5 cameras spotted Hercules team members armed with automatic weapons keeping a watchful eye at Rockefeller Center and the French Consulate on 5th Avenue.

The department issued a statement that it doesn't have any word that the attack "has any nexus to New York City."

NYPD statement: "The NYPD is in close touch with our French police counterparts as well as our FBI partners here, following the tragic events in Paris. Out of an abundance of caution, as part of an enhanced counterterrorism overlay the Counterterrorism Bureau has made the following deployments: the NYPD Counterterrorism Response Command (CRC) resources as well as the Critical Response Group (SRG), and Hercules Teams have been dispatched to crowded areas around the city out of an abundance of caution to provide police presence, and public reassurance as we follow the developing situation overseas. Specific deployments, at French government locations in New York City, were made immediately after the attacks.

"NYPD Intelligence Bureau Detectives in France are conducting liaison activities to assist the Paris Police in any way possible, while keeping the NYPD updated on the on-going situation.

"There is no known indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City. We will continue to follow events closely and adjust our deployments accordingly."

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo said in a statement that he ordered state law enforcement agencies to "remain vigilant in the wake of these senseless attacks": "The New York State Police, the New York State Intelligence Center and the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services are actively monitoring the situation for any implications in New York State and remain in constant communication with their local and federal partners."

New York State Police statement: "The New York State Police has been in contact with federal officials as well as our local law enforcement partners, including the New York City Police Department, following the attacks in Paris. All Troopers, including intelligence assets, have been placed on high alert and have been instructed to remain vigilant. As a precaution, State Police have increased surveillance of critical infrastructure, and will be deploying additional Troopers to large public gatherings."

Port Authority Police statement: "Port Authority Police are on heightened alert at all of the agency's bridge, tunnel, rail, World Trade Center and other facilities, following today's tragic attacks in Paris. Actions include increased patrols and checks of bags, buses, trucks and trains at agency locations. Travelers are reminded to remain vigilant and report any suspicious activities to police or other authorities."