Tom Hays and Colleen Long
Associated Press
December 28, 2013

At least 1,000 of the city's 35,000 officers are in counter-terrorism. Credit: andrepierre via Flickr
At least 1,000 of the city’s 35,000 officers are within the counter-terrorism unit. Credit: andrepierre via Flickr

At a recent briefing in lower Manhattan, the New York Police Department gave an auditorium full of private security executives plenty to worry about.

One of the NYPD’s intelligence analysts warned that New Yorkers have gone to fight in the Syrian civil war and could come back radicalized against the West. A high-ranking officer described drills testing the NYPD’s ability to respond to a dirty bomb attack. And a detective offered a detailed analysis of the deadly siege at a shopping mall in Nairobi, brashly challenging the Kenyan government’s claim that the gunmen were dead.

The presentations demonstrated the nation’s largest police department’s determination to stay at the forefront of counterterrorism, even as the man who spearheaded the effort – Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly – is headed out the door.

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