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.
FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force
Increased staff from 17 to 120.
Terrorist Plots Defeated or Averted
Between 2002 and 2013, at least 15 terrorist plots were defeated or averted in cooperation with federal partners. This included plots to bomb the Herald Square subway station, the Brooklyn Bridge and the Federal Reserve Building.
Established New Linguist Programs
Speakers of such strategic languages as Arabic, Urdu, Pashto, and Farsi were assigned to the department’s Counterterrorism Division to assist in translation and other services.
Those teams were highly trained in the use of special weapons and tactics.
Detectives in the Nexus Unit traveled the tri-state area visiting a wide range of businesses including truck rental firms. The goal was to enlist the private sector in helping to recognize anomalous business activity that might indicate terrorist planning.
Overseas Liaison Program
Senior officers were assigned to liaison posts within police agencies in select foreign cities to develop direct access to terrorist related information that could affect New York City.
Subway Bag Search
After a failed attack on the London transit system, the NYPD announced a plan to search the bags and backpacks of subway riders.
The program was created to engage private security industry to increase coordination and information sharing.
Lower Manhattan Security Initiative
A network of closed circuit surveillance cameras and license plate recognition readers, as well as chemical, biological and radiological sensors were deployed in Lower Manhattan. In 2009, the NYPD expanded its camera network to Midtown Manhattan.
Securing the Cities
This collaboration between the Department of Homeland Security and the NYPD was aimed at preventing a dirty bomb from being detonated in NYC.
This brought together law enforcement agencies from along the east coast to share information about possible terrorist activity in the region.
“Radicalization in the West: The Homegrown Threat"
The NYPD published a study of homegrown terrorism in the United States that identified four distinct phases of radicalization: pre-radicalization, self-identification, indoctrination and jihadization.
Heavily armed teams of Emergency Service officers and specially trained dogs conducted daily patrols of subway stations, platforms and trains.
Global Affairs Lecture Series
A lecture series for uniformed and civilian executives was created to enhance their understanding of the terrorist threat and international events that could impact NYC. Speakers included former Secretary of State Henry Kissinger and King Abdullah II of Jordan.
New Civil Service Title of “Intelligence Research Specialist” Created
The NYPD hired intelligence experts from academia and the military to study trends in terrorist tactics and regions of the world that serve as havens for terrorists.