- The Washington Times - Friday, January 8, 2016

The New York City Police Department is instructing officers to “exercise a high degree of vigilance” in the wake of recent attacks on law enforcement in Philadelphia and Paris.

A Philadelphia police officer is in critical but stable condition after he was shot three times inside his patrol car Thursday by a man identified by authorities as Edward Archer. Archer was arrested and later told investigators he had pledged allegiance to the Islamic State terror group and carried out the attack in the name of Islam, a local CBS News affiliate reported.

On Thursday, a man wearing a vest of fake explosives and wielding a knife tried to attack officers at a Paris police station. The man was shot to death after ignoring police orders and a piece of paper was found on him that offered allegiance to the leader of the Islamic State, according to officials.

“These two incidents demonstrate the continued threat that members of service face from individuals seeking to target law enforcement personnel for a variety of reasons, including terrorist motivations,” the NYPD said in its message to officers, CBS reported.

“The New York City Police Department strongly advises all members of service to exercise a high degree of vigilance and to employ proactive safety measures at all times. In particular, members of service should be aware that individuals plotting to carry out attacks may be armed and may decide to expedite an attack when engaged or confronted by law enforcement personnel.”

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