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Security up at LA venues since Osama Bin Laden's death

Los Angeles law enforcement officers have been told to be on the alert in the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death.

May 3, 2011 12:00:00 AM PDT
Local law enforcement officers have been told to be on alert in the wake of Osama Bin Laden's death.

Large public gatherings and popular landmarks are on the watch list because of possible retaliation by Bin Laden's supporters. That means stepped up security at crowded local venues, including Dodger Stadium and Staples Center.

The Los Angeles Police Department has been on heightened awareness since Bin Laden's death. Assistant Chief Earl Paysinger warned against complacency.

"To suggest also that this issue is over, I would strongly assert that it's never over. And we will continue to remain vigilant for as long as it takes in support of the city's mandate to keep the city safe," said Paysinger.

The LAPD said it has stepped up surveillance at likely terrorist targets, such as synagogues and churches.

All of this is not in response to any specific threat to Los Angeles, but the knowledge that the city is filled with potential targets for terrorists. That's based on the assumption a likely terrorist attack would occur in a place with high visibility.

The city remains in contact with the FBI and Homeland Security on a daily basis. But officials say security is a shared responsibility. They are calling on everyone to report anything unusual, and they're reminding residents that if they see something, say something.