Troopers to Provide Additional Security in NJ Malls

Use of troopers not connected to specific threats


TRENTON, N.J. (AP) - Shoppers might see state troopers, along with Santa Claus, in New Jersey malls over the holiday season.

Specially trained troopers, some with dogs, will make random visits to bolster security and keep shoppers safe from terrorists.

Officials stress the patrols are not in response to specific threats against malls. They say it's part of a strategy to increase security at airports, sport events, nuclear plants and other sites considered to be soft targets.