Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg | Provided Photo

The Lake County sheriff denounced the deadly attack this past weekend on Israel and said deputies will conduct extra patrols at schools and houses of worship in Lake County.

Lake County Sheriff John Idleburg issued a public statement Monday to the Lake County community.

Idleburg referenced the Hamas militant group attack on Israel that occurred over the weekend.

The attack resulted in at least 900 people being killed, according to Israel’s Army Radio. Dozens are believed to have been taken hostage.

“It is hard to fathom the pain and anguish felt by the Israeli community overseas and here in America,” Idleburg said.

“These terrorist attacks have no place anywhere in the world,” the sheriff said.

Idleburg said he and thousands of other leaders across the United States condemn the “gutless” attack. “There is a significant feeling of unease throughout our nation, including in our Lake County community.”

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The sheriff said the recently appointed Director of Homeland Security for the Lake County Sheriff’s Office has been working and collaborating with police chiefs and municipal leaders in Lake County.

The director is ensuring all law enforcement resources are working together to prevent violence before it occurs.

“He is in frequent communication with our federal partners to learn the latest intelligence, which is disseminated to law enforcement countywide, and acted upon,” Idleburg said.

Sheriff’s deputies always remain vigilant for suspicious activity, the sheriff added.

The deputies along with members of the Community and School Resource Team frequently patrol schools and businesses throughout Lake County.

Idleburg said there are so far no credible threats of violence directed to Lake County or its houses of worship but the sheriff’s office is still communicating with leadership at the organizations.

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Deputies will be conducting extra patrols at schools and houses of worship throughout Lake County.

“As always, if you see something out of the ordinary, something suspicious, or something concerning – call your local law enforcement,” Idleburg said.