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‘Shomrim’ Are Quasi-Police Services For Orthodox Jewish Communities

The word Shomrim translates from Hebrew as “watchers” and “guards,” and broadly means all Orthodox Jewish security patrols groups typically made up of volunteers who perform quasi-police services within their insular communities. Read more

Brooklyn’s Private Jewish Patrols Wield Power

The call went out as a Code 100, a sex crime: A man was masturbating in a gray Hyundai near some children on a street in Borough Park. Read more

NYC Grants $35,000 To Borough Park Shmira Civilian Patrol Group

A civilian patrol group that had its funding frozen over ties to the NYPD corruption scandal is getting $35,000 more in taxpayer grants from City Council members, budget documents released Monday show. Read more

Meet The Shomrim The Hasidic ‘Cops’ Who Answer To Nobody

NYPD Inspector Michael Ameri shot himself Friday in a Department car hours after the FBI reportedly questioned him for a second time about a series of alleged payoffs made by members of New York’s ultra-Orthodox Jewish community—including several big donors to Mayor de Blasio—to high-ranking officials in the NYPD. Read more