Unique look into NYPD Counterterrorism Maritime Unit’s new security expertise used for July 4th celebrations

NEW YORK (WABC) — The NYPD’s Counterterrorism Maritime Unit is getting ready the Hudson River for the nation’s greatest 4th of July celebration.

The NYPD mentioned there are not any particular or recognized threats to New York Metropolis or the Macy’s Fireworks on Thursday, however mentioned you will need to be on excessive alert for big occasions that may very well be a goal for terrorism or lone-wolf assaults.

This yr police are turning to new expertise and benefiting from drones and the water to maintain everybody secure.

Lieutenant Patrick Golden with NYPD’s Counterterrorism Maritime Unit solely confirmed Eyewitness Information the expertise used to maintain the world secure on the busy vacation.

Lt. Golden launched the most recent Counterterrorism boat that goes greater than 60 mph, is provided with radiation detectors to smell out a bomb, and may get an alert twice as shortly because it may in every other boat.

The boats are outfitted with high-tech tools to identify explosives secreted on a pier or the bow of a ship. The boats are additionally useful to reply to an alert as shortly as potential.

At police headquarters, cops introduced collectively dozens of accomplice companies to debate security.

The significance of their work was highlighted by an FBI bulletin launched on Tuesday that referred to as the Macy’s fireworks an ‘engaging goal’ amid the 2 wars and elevated terror threats across the globe.

“There’s actually nothing we won’t accomplish and so after we plan for occasions equivalent to this, we plan for the unknown,” mentioned Michael Kemper, performing NYPD Chief of Division.

The NYPD mentioned it’s prepared as a metropolis without end within the shadow of 9/11.

“I imply I feel the risk atmosphere proper now globally is about as advanced as I can bear in mind it being, actually within the final 20 years and that is not our evaluation that is the evaluation of all our companions…So all of those eventualities, which could have appeared fanciful, now we have to utterly be ready for.”NYPD Deputy Commissioner of Counterterrorism Rebecca Weiner mentioned.

A type of fanciful eventualities that the FBI is warning about is the usage of drones to assault giant teams which are watching fireworks in NYC or throughout the nation.

Of their preparations, the NYPD has a plan to forestall that state of affairs from taking place.

The stakes are excessive in New York Harbor on any day however Thursday, with hundreds of thousands of spectators and a whole bunch of hundreds of thousands around the globe watching, it is an particularly high-pressure day for the NYPD.

They’ve all this expertise to detect all method of nefarious gadgets. However there is a renewed focus this yr on drones.

The specter of “assault drones” particularly highlighting unmanned plane programs to drop an explosive on crowds is entrance and heart within the terrorism bulletin launched by the FBI.

All through town, police have put in drone detectors that may spot an unauthorized machine and even take management over it.

The NYPD may have drones launched in the course of the occasion to maintain watch over the waterfront areas.

“Whereas individuals are watching the present, NYPD officers are looking ahead to an anomaly. They are not watching the present they’ll be watching you to just be sure you are secure. That New Yorkers are secure,” NYPD Division Commissioner of Operations Kaz Daughtry mentioned.

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