NEW HAVEN — The Jewish Federations of Southern and Western Connecticut announced a new partnership with Secure Community Network to launch a regional security program in mid-October.

The new program includes hiring retired law enforcement veteran and public safety expert Michael Shanbrom as the full-time regional security advisor.

Mr. Shanbrom is a twenty-year veteran of the Federal Bureau of Investigation, serving in a variety of national security leadership roles within the organization. 

He currently serves as police commissioner for the Town of Woodbridge and sits on the board of multiple Jewish organizations in the greater New Haven area. Most recently, Mr. Shanbrom served as a Senior Administrator for Research Compliance for the University of Connecticut.

The program will be connected to SCN’s national network, providing direct access to the National Jewish Security Operations Command Center, SCN’s Duty Desk and Intelligence Analysts and best practice security resources and support related to policies, procedures, physical security, facility assessments, training, and incident response.

Mr. Shanbrom will serve as a representative of SCN and will work full-time to develop and administer a program that provides threat mitigation, security consultation and trainings to Jewish institutions throughout the region.

“The Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut believes that having a professional regional security advisor on the ground here in state is the best way to enhance the safety and security of the Jewish Community and its institutions in Western Connecticut,” said Executive Director of the Jewish Federation of Western Connecticut Gary Jones.

“We are thankful for the leadership and direction of our friends at SCN and for the collaboration of our sister federations in Southern Connecticut for the putting this important initiative in place. We look forward to working with, and learning from, Mike.”

Mr. Shanbrom will serve as an expert advisor to Jewish institutions such as synagogues and day schools and establish a system of collaboration, coordination and communication among organizations. 

He will also serve as a liaison to local, state, and federal law enforcement and represent the Federation and the Jewish community in public security forums.

“I am excited to hit the ground running and contribute to the safety and security of the greater Southern/Western Connecticut Jewish community,” Mr. Shanbrom said. 

“I hope to use my extensive law enforcement and security background to protect the community from all forms of threats.”

Those seeking additional information may call the JFWC at 203-267-3177.

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