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Flatbush, NY - Orthodox Shomrim Patrollers in New Custom-Built Van

Published on: May 25, 2009 08:28 AM
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Chaim Deutsch shows off state-of-the-art equipment in the Flatbush Shomrims new, $250,000 community-security vehicle.Flatbush, NY - What’s stronger than Samson, as big as Mount Sinai and 100 percent kosher?
It’s the massive, new $250,000 mobile security command center that an Orthodox Jewish civilian neighborhood patrol in Brooklyn has gotten to add some righteous power to its watchdog group.

“It’s fully equipped for us to respond to any type of disaster,” said Chaim Deutsch, 40, founder of the Flatbush Shomrim Safety Patrol, a civilian crime-fighting group.

The 40-member Shomrim patrol’s newest road warrior is a 2008 Ford, custom-built in Ohio and outfitted to survive Armageddon.

Similar to official NYPD command centers, the Shomrim tank has everything from computers and a color copier to a powerful toilet incinerator that can turn solid waste to ash.
“You could pretty much live in it,” Deutsch said.

At 22 feet long, it also has a conference room, a fax machine, a flat panel television and a state-of-the-art communications system.

There’s a portable defibrillator for medical emergencies, and a kitchen with running water and a coffee maker.
It’s cutting-edge, right down to a generator powerful enough to run a family home.
About the only drawback is the gas mileage—only six mpg.

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The $250,000 price tag was paid with hefty grants from the City Council and Brooklyn Borough President Marty Markowitz, said Deutsch.

It’s used for everything from finding missing children and aiding elderly residents to crime prevention, and it’s on standby around the clock.

The command center was recently rolled out and parked on a residential street in Midwood to help combat a spate of house break-ins and harassment of local youths.

Shomrim, which means “watchers” in Hebrew, was first established about 25 years ago in Williamsburg, at a time when there was a high crime rate and a need to protect the close-knit Brooklyn Hasidic community.

The group grew and spawned three offshoot groups, patrolling Flatbush, Crown Heights and Borough Park. However, the Flatbush Shomrim is the only one with a state-of-the-art command center, Deutsch said.

“We serve as the eyes and ears of the Police Department,” he explained. “We’re not cops, we’re not police. We are here and ready to do anything else up to the point of going into a dangerous situation. We leave that to law enforcement.”



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 May 25, 2009 at 08:08 AM Anonymous Says:

Very nice. B'hatzlocha!

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 May 25, 2009 at 07:53 AM baruch ber Says:

mi k'amcho yisroel. we should never need their assisstance but it's a good feeling to know they are around.

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 May 25, 2009 at 07:49 AM Logic613 Says:

....and completely unnecessary.

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 May 25, 2009 at 08:35 AM cp Says:

I hope this van is shared with not only the other shomrim groups, but hatzola and all organizations that may need it.

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 May 25, 2009 at 08:30 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Logic613 Says:

....and completely unnecessary.

It is necesary and flatbush is not the only one to have KJ has it already acouple of years the KJ Command Center ...let's say chas vesholem the terorist would of sucseed last week you need one of those I understand the police have one but there is something in a yid what he will do more then the Ems and Nypd so just give them credit for this ...I remember when Chaverim started there was a guy in my shul he was laughing of it the next day I drive on the road and chaveirim is helping this guy with a flat tire

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 May 25, 2009 at 09:07 AM Mordechai Says:

And in the meantime . . .

. . . the schools don't have enough money to pay teachers, the yeshivas can only serve crackers and cucumbers, bachurim are on the streets "frying out," families don't have parnassa while the well-connected enjoy their pursuits and luxuries and self-righteous agendas.

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 May 25, 2009 at 08:58 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #3  
Logic613 Says:

....and completely unnecessary.

only if you never need it but since it is needed sometimes, it becomes necessary.

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 May 25, 2009 at 08:53 AM Anonymous Says:

flatbush leaves it on the street and they get ruined and vandalized. same like the old one. They need to take better car of this one. The other one had flat tires for months.

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 May 25, 2009 at 09:27 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Mordechai Says:

And in the meantime . . .

. . . the schools don't have enough money to pay teachers, the yeshivas can only serve crackers and cucumbers, bachurim are on the streets "frying out," families don't have parnassa while the well-connected enjoy their pursuits and luxuries and self-righteous agendas.

you're right on the money!!

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 May 25, 2009 at 09:26 AM Anonymous Says:

what is shomrim's phone number?

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 May 25, 2009 at 09:45 AM Anonymous Says:

#9, what do you mean by "your right on the money?" What does shomrim getting funding for this command center have to do with people not having enough money, or teachers not getting paid?? shomrim is a wonderful organization, does much good for the community. Just yesterday I saw them help out with a hachnosas sefer torah procession! They help find lost kids, or elderly alzeimer patients. They search homes when mothers are scared to go in because they think there is a ganif inside. I tip my hat to them they are doing a great job!! Chaim Deutch, keep up your fantastic work!!!! And to all shomrim memebers! WE APPRECIATE WHAT YOU DO!!! ( on your own time and you guys dont get paid a penny for it!!)

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 May 25, 2009 at 09:51 AM Anonymous Says:

it is needed very much this is one of the best orgenazations in brooklyn

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 May 25, 2009 at 09:42 AM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #6  
Mordechai Says:

And in the meantime . . .

. . . the schools don't have enough money to pay teachers, the yeshivas can only serve crackers and cucumbers, bachurim are on the streets "frying out," families don't have parnassa while the well-connected enjoy their pursuits and luxuries and self-righteous agendas.

Yes that's what I figured why don't you give up your computer and dsl service monthly and donate that to the yeshivas

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 May 25, 2009 at 10:24 AM Anonymous Says:

This is such a waste of public funds and typical of how we have been throwing money at these types of "toys" since 9/11. Yiddese first responder groups are not different than goyishe groups in wanting to get their "fair share" of the goodies from the goverment feeding troth. We are dying in NYC with the high taxes we pay and lousy service. There are already enough of the high tech emergency vehicles and another one for yidden shows that we are just as gluttonous about sucking away at the public troth as any other group.

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 May 25, 2009 at 10:36 AM yidel Says:

Reply to #6  
Mordechai Says:

And in the meantime . . .

. . . the schools don't have enough money to pay teachers, the yeshivas can only serve crackers and cucumbers, bachurim are on the streets "frying out," families don't have parnassa while the well-connected enjoy their pursuits and luxuries and self-righteous agendas.

great point...
all great organization start out by good people...then the ones with personal gains and agendas take over and that's the end of the "lishmuh" part

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 May 25, 2009 at 11:33 AM A Taxpayer Says:

I understand the concept and purpose of Shomrim.

Someone please explain to me why Shomrim needs a quarter of a million dollar command center paid for the the City of New York???

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 May 25, 2009 at 11:55 AM Anonymous Says:

"let's say chas vesholem the terorist would of sucseed last week you need one of those I understand the police have one but there is something in a yid what he will do more then the Ems and Nypd so just give them credit for this"

Really? Exactly what would this trailor house have done?

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 May 25, 2009 at 11:42 AM send one to Crown Heights Says:

Crown Heights Shomrim could us one!

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 May 25, 2009 at 12:50 PM Anonymous Says:

what a waste...they do great things for the community by helping to keep the streets safer but there is no need for the city council to allocate 250k to a command center. that money could be better spent on numerous things. shomrim is not the first line of defense. credit chaim for pulling this off. this shows he is very well politically connected to secure this amount of money in tough economic times for "civilian patrol"

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 May 25, 2009 at 01:20 PM annom Says:

Interesting. Does this mean more security for our children or will we still let pedophiles roam 13th ave

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 May 25, 2009 at 01:56 PM Anonymous Says:

is this for all the bored hackers to hang out in

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 May 25, 2009 at 02:58 PM concerned Says:

Its very nice that our community has all kinds of chesed organizations such as shomrim, chaverim, hartolah etc. but dont you think in a time when people all over the city and the country are losing their homes and getting fired should we be bragging about how marty markowitz gave us a 250k toy? someone please explain this to me

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 May 25, 2009 at 05:43 PM Balt Shomrim Unit 25 Says:

FSSP does a great job and is an inspiration to other Shomrim groups throughout the country. Keep up the good work and stay safe.

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 May 25, 2009 at 07:11 PM Frum Cop Says:

Reply to #12  
Anonymous Says:

it is needed very much this is one of the best orgenazations in brooklyn

Please tell me, it is needed to do EXACTLY WHAT? Unless someone can tell me what the pressing need for this van is, it is is a total waste of donated money!

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 May 25, 2009 at 06:40 PM Anonymous Says:

Reply to #14  
Anonymous Says:

This is such a waste of public funds and typical of how we have been throwing money at these types of "toys" since 9/11. Yiddese first responder groups are not different than goyishe groups in wanting to get their "fair share" of the goodies from the goverment feeding troth. We are dying in NYC with the high taxes we pay and lousy service. There are already enough of the high tech emergency vehicles and another one for yidden shows that we are just as gluttonous about sucking away at the public troth as any other group.

Are you kidding?? Those of you who have your heads in the sand and don't worry too much about terrorism don't see a need for it. My kids' yeshiva is near a muslim (lower case on purpose) neighborhood and I feel very lucky that Shomrim is a step ahead prepared for disaster. Also, there are signs along Ocean Parkway pointing to Prospect Park as a high ground area in case of G-d forbid a flood. Most of Midwood and Boro Park are low lying areas. Don't you see a need for SOMEONE from our community to be a guide for a potential problem? I could go on but you get the point.

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 May 26, 2009 at 05:40 AM Anonymous Says:

Whatever you say about low lying areas is total BS, boropark is high ground.

And what exactly will the truck do? The people will all be busy with there families in time of disaster. The hatzulah needs it for their party. Perhaps shomrim is planning a party, so they need this coomand center. Otherwise its totally unneeded, and only a place where the knackers can sit and kulits while the real shomrim are running around, trying to chap the ganev.

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 May 25, 2009 at 11:24 PM knowitall Says:

Reply to #8  
Anonymous Says:

flatbush leaves it on the street and they get ruined and vandalized. same like the old one. They need to take better car of this one. The other one had flat tires for months.

Beg to differ. Do you know where this one is parked? Safely behind barbed wiring. I see it every day, its not possible to get to it. I watched the fence be built.

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 May 26, 2009 at 08:33 AM dr Says:

Without judging this particular vehicle / command center, I'll tell you that I was surprised several years ago to hear how much our local police precints have come to count on Shomrim. The police were keeping an eye on a property that had been broken into several times. The lieutenant on the burglary squad told me that he was off for several days, and his department would be short staffed over an upcoming holiday weekend. He was going to alert Shomrim to be aware of what had been happening at this location so they could keep an extra eye on it.
Shomrim is not only "ours". They have become an integral part of the City, often forcing the police to work harder, or at least not slack off, because they keep on top of so much of what is going on all around us.

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 May 26, 2009 at 12:56 PM PMO Says:

This is a great idea, and the work that these shomrim do is fantastic and they deserve credit for it.

However, spending tax-payer money on a "mobile command center" that belongs to a private group and is not the property of the actual tax-payers is WRONG. It is a disgrace that we should expect everyone else in the city to pay for our shomrim. If we needed a "mobile command center" we should have raised the money to buy one. The tax payers should never have to pay for anything that is the sole property of a private organization.

That being said, I wish them much success with their new MCC and I do hope that it helps them to improve the community for everyone... both yidden and goyim.

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 May 26, 2009 at 01:07 PM Flatbushrebbe Says:

Why does SHomrim need a $250k van when they are not even armed. The extent of their arms is a Radio Shack walkie talkie.

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 May 26, 2009 at 01:58 PM Raphael Kaufman Says:

Both the NYPD, NYFD and the Mayor's Office have mobile command centers. If all of them and the Shomrim MCC show up at the scene of a disaster R'L, whose mobile command center has kadima?

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 May 26, 2009 at 08:57 PM H member Says:

Hatzolah of Boro Park's mobile command center was donated by a woman who insisted they purchase a command center. She refused to give money for any other cause even for a new ambulance.

While I agree that Shomrim does a fine job considering the circumstances, I sincerely can't think of a good enough reason to justify such a huge expense.

But hey, it don't bother me :)

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 May 26, 2009 at 11:11 PM Flatbush Resident Says:

I would like to see comments of residents like myself instead of some jealous bashers, You will and should never know ALL they do, believe me I have asked for their help before and can't thank them enough. I strongly believe that every penny is going to good cause. When we say "Kol Mi Sh'Oskim B'Tzorchei Tzibur B'Emunah" without a doubt you can have them in mind. To the people asking what can they do more then the police department and other city agencies? The answer is alot. There are a number of situations that requires immediate action from your own community vs the city agencies, there is a procedure that might take longer, low key, understanding of our brothers or neighbors. I can go on forever, but there is no need. The Flatbush residents know exactly what I am talking about. Again, I would like to take this opportunity to publicly say "Thank you" and Chazak V'amatz.

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 Jun 09, 2009 at 05:44 PM Anonymous Says:

This waste is purely for bragging rights. Every argument in favor of it on this page DOES NOT SAY WHY IT IS NEEDED!! All arguments talk about why shomrim is needed. Fine. But why is a $250,000 command center needed over say...9 patrol cars?

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