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Engineering Security | Protective Design for High Risk Buildings


This document was prepared by the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau. The document draws from the Counterterrorism Bureau’s extensive experience conducting security reviews of high-profile buildings in and around New York City. The drafting of the document was a collaborative effort that required hundreds of hours of work by over a dozen members of the Bureau, with support from members of other NYPD units. These authors, editors, researchers, subject matter experts, and graphic designers included Assistant Chief John Colgan (ret.), Lt. Patrick Devlin (ret.), Sgt. Charles Famulari (ret.), Det. Robert Figgers, Susan Francisco, Anthony Fratta, Police Officer John Giretti, Vanessa Haas, Valerie Hodgson, Det. David Kao, Lt. David Kelly, Police Officer AriMaas, AlexanderMahoney, Deputy Chief Joseph McKeever, Det. Arturo Mendez, Ryan Merola, Sgt. Arthur Mogil, Sgt. William Moore, Matthew Moran, Insp. Michael O’Neil (ret.), Sgt. Patrick O’Neill, Sgt. Mark Teitler, and Dr. Dani-Margot Zavasky. In addition, two members of the Bureau - Elana DeLozier and Jessica Tisch - made extraordinary contributions to this document; the completion of this work is due largely to their perseverance and dogged commitment to excellence. The project was directed by Dr. Richard A. Falkenrath, Deputy Commissioner of Counterterrorism.

A draft of this document was peer-reviewed by individuals chosen for their technical expertise in the fields of engineering and architecture and for their familiarity with the unique protective security design concerns of New York City. The NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau wants to thank the following individuals, as well as several others who wish to remain anonymous, for their candid expert comments during the peer review process:

John Abruzzo, P.E., Thornton Tomasetti
Dr. Yousef Alostaz, P.E., AECOM
James T. Brokaw, P.E., Applied Research Associates, Inc.
Edward M. DePaola, P.E., Severud Associates
Robert Ducibella, Ducibella Venter & Santore
Dr. Abdol Hagh, P.E., AECOM
DavidW. Levy, R.A., AICP, National Capital Planning Commission
Mehrdad Mirzakashani, P.E., AECOM
Dr. Husam S. Najm, P.E., Rutgers University
Robert M. Rogers, FAIA, Rogers Marvel Architects, PLLC
Dr. Robert Smilowitz, P.E.,Weidlinger Associates, Inc.

The NYPD appreciates the consulting efforts of Rogers Marvel Architects, PLLC in the beginning stages of this project; as well as the review and suggestions provided by the New York City Fire Department, the Department of Buildings, and the Department of City Planning.

Many of the recommendations presented in Engineering Security draw on the recommendations and best practices presented in the National Institute of Standards and Technology's Federal Building and Fire Safety Investigation of the World Trade Center Disaster; the Federal Emergency Management Agency's Risk Management Series; and NOVA's Building on Ground Zero: Lessons from the WTC Collapse.

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About the Counterterrorism Bureau

Created in 2002 by Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the Counterterrorism Bureau has been at the forefront of local law enforcement efforts to detect and deter terrorism. The mission of the Counterterrorism Bureau, led by Deputy Commissioner RichardA. Falkenrath and Assistant Chief James R.Waters, is to develop innovative, forward-looking policies and procedures to guard against the threat of international and domestic terrorism in New York City. The Bureau accomplishes this through its Borough Counterterrorism Coordinators, who are responsible for conducting high visibility counterterrorism deployments to disrupt terrorist planning and surveillance based on real-time intelligence; the Joint Terrorism Task Force (JTTF), which partners NYPD detectives with FBI agents on terrorism investigations in the New York metro area and around the world; the Lower Manhattan Security Initiative (LMSI), which combines an increased police presence with technology to detect threats and deter pre-operational hostile surveillance; the Planning and Policy team, which is responsible for the review, analysis, and development of initiatives, policies, and legislative agendas related to counterterrorism; the Terrorism Threat Analysis Group (TTAG), which performs and disseminates strategic intelligence analysis, both open-source and classified, to the Bureau, the private sector, the U.S. intelligence community, and other law enforcement agencies; and the Counterterrorism Division (CTD), which includes six specialized units:

  • the Project Management Office, which designs, implements, and ensures the evolution of large-scale counterterrorism projects from initial concept todeployable operations;
  • the Threat Reduction Infrastructure Protection Section (TRIPS), which develops protective security strategies for high-risk buildings and critical infrastructure throughout the City;
  • the Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosive (CBRNE) Section, which develops and implements plans, policies, and operations to detect and combat CBRNE threats;
  • the Training Section, which develops and delivers counterterrorism training to the NYPD patrol force, other law enforcement agencies, and private sector entities;
  • the SHIELD Unit, which manages the NYPD public-private security partnership; and
  • the Emergency Preparedness and Exercise Section, which interfaces with the New York City Office of Emergency Management.

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