FROM THE DESK OF MAYOR JUSTIN BERNS
October 12, 2023
To our Beachwood Families and Community Members:
I am writing to inform you about recent developments that warrant our community's attention. Khaled Meshaal, a former Hamas leader, has issued a call for a worldwide "Day of Jihad" scheduled for tomorrow, October 13. While we have NOT received any direct threats related to our community, we recognize that there are varying interpretations of what this call to action may mean to those who are inspired by it.
We want to reassure you that we take this matter very seriously and understand the potential impact of such statements on our community. Under the guidance of our Police Chief, Katherine McLaughlin, we have taken proactive measures to enhance security throughout the City, including our schools and institutions, for tomorrow and the entire weekend.
We are actively collaborating with both private and public law enforcement agencies to gather intelligence and have increased our patrol and visibility. In addition to our dedicated law enforcement officers, members of the Sheriff’s Department will be present in our City as part of our collective efforts to maintain security.
We urge all members of our community to exercise heightened awareness of their surroundings during this time. The principle of "if you see something, say something" is more crucial than ever. If you come across anything that appears out of the ordinary or raises concern, please do not hesitate to contact law enforcement.
We want to express our gratitude to every one of you for taking this matter seriously and for demonstrating vigilance in looking out for ourselves and our neighbors. Together, we are committed to upholding safety and security from a law enforcement standpoint
Justin Berns, Mayor
City of Beachwood