New York City Police Department

Photo Press Release | No. 2008-PH04

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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # PH04
Thursday, March 20, 2008



NEW YORK CITY POLICE DEPARTMENT, UNITED STATES COAST GUARD FORMALIZE COOPERATIVE ENFORCEMENT OF NEW YORK CITY WATERS

Agreement Enhances Security and Existing Operations

            Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and Rear Admiral Timothy S. Sullivan, Commander of the First Coast Guard District and Commander, Maritime Defense Command One, today signed a Memorandum of Understanding to enhance the protection of New York Harbor and the waters of the New York metropolitan area. They were joined by Captain Robert R. O’Brien, who also signed the agreement.

            The agreement formalizes the working relationship between the NYPD and United States Coast Guard. U.S. Coast Guard and NYPD Harbor units work together during national security events including the United Nations General Assembly, when both patrol the East River and immediate vicinity of the UN, as well as during Presidential and papal visits, among other joint operations.

            Commissioner Kelly said, “This new agreement will help protect New York City's critical infrastructure by giving the NYPD full authority to enforce the maritime safety and security zones that only the Coast Guard can establish.”

            A video podcast featuring the NYPD Harbor and SCUBA Units can be seen online at http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/html/pr/videos.shtml  (scroll to Episode 1).

 

PHOTO:  U.S. Coast Guard Rear Admiral Timothy S. Sullivan, New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly and U.S. Coast Guard Captain Robert R. O’Brien sign a Memorandum of Understanding formalizing the working relationship between the NYPD and U.S. Coast Guard, at Police Headquarters. NYPD Photo Unit.

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