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Public safety: Counterterrorism

After taking office in the wake of the 9/11 attacks, Mike Bloomberg and NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly created a counterterrorism unit with 1,000 police officers and invested in the most sophisticated and modern counterterrorism tools, which helped to thwart numerous terrorist plots.

  • Creation of counterterrorism unit with 1,000 officers.
  • In conjunction with the federal government, helped prevent or avert at least 15 attacks.
  • The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative is more sophisticated than London’s Ring of Steel.