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After Synagogue Shooting, Phoenix-Area Police Increase Presence Around Houses Of Worship

Officials in Arizona are on high alert after a shooter killed 11 people and wounded at least four police officers in a shooting Saturday morning at a synagogue in Pittsburgh.

Over the weekend, Valley-area police departments have stepped up visibility around houses of worship. Patrols in Chandler, Mesa, Tempe and Scottsdale were increased, with special attention for synagogues.

Although there have been no credible threats to religious institutions in the Valley, police are asking worshipers to be aware of their surroundings.

Claire Caulfield first joined KJZZ as an intern in 2015 and now wakes up before the sun to produce and report for Morning Edition. She graduated from the Walter Cronkite School of Journalism and Mass Communication in 2017 and covered education policy in the nation's capital, election night in New York City and Native American issues for Cronkite News/ Arizona PBS. Before joining the Morning Edition team, she also worked on a documentary about rap music in the deep South and directed a film on drinking-water quality in the United States.On the weekends, you can find Claire flying her photography drone or working her way through the Pulitzer Prize book list.