The notorious MS-13 gang recently told its membership to randomly murder a Long Island cop, with the NYPD in turn placing its officers on high alert, a police source said.

An informant went to the Hempstead police on Wednesday to recount his chilling conversation with a member of the gang, according to an NYPD memo warning of the threat.

The gang-banger declared “the police have been making too many arrests and it’s time to take the streets back and take out a cop like we do in El Salvador,” the memo said.

“Subject stated they need to make a statement. Any member of MS-13 has permission to carry out the attack.”

The NYPD, once appraised of the comments, send a memo to its 35,000 officers advising all to take the threats seriously and stay cognizant both on and off the job.

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Word of the memo came on the same day as authorities announced the arrest of a high-ranking MS-13 leader on charges of ordering gang hits and dealing heroin in several states.

The violent gang was blamed for more than 30 murders on Long Island since 2013, but has come under increasing law enforcement scrutiny in the last year.

Last July, a new indictment charged 20 MS-13 members and associates of crimes from murder to racketeering to arson.

One month earlier, cops in Nassau County rounded up 41 suspected gang members linked to 32 crimes.

The chatty gang member, described as a thin Hispanic male with three tattooed dots next to his eye, remained on the streets.

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