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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
Press Release # PH-14
Wednesday, May 13, 2009



NYPD SHIELD BRIEFING

Private and Public Sector Security Directors Gather for Counterterrorism Division Updates

NYPD PHOTOS:

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1) Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly welcomes members of the NYPD SHIELD program, the NYPD Counterterrorism Division information-sharing initiative for the private sector security community. An estimated 200 representatives attended the briefing Wednesday at Police Headquarters, moderated by Deputy Commissioner for Counterterrorism Richard A. Falkenrath (background). Panelists included (L to R) Lieutenant Mark Torre, Commanding Officer, Bomb Squad; Lieutenant William McGroarty, Intelligence Division; Counterterrorism Bureau Intelligence Research Specialists Jessica Tisch, Sarah Bardinelli and Vanessa Haas; and Dr. Dani-Margot Zavasky, the Counterterrorism Division Medical Director.

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2) Dr. Dani-Margot Zavasky, the Counterterrorism Division Medical Director, reviews historic and recent outbreaks of swine flu in the United States as part of the NYPD SHIELD program for private sector security directors. The NYPD last month activated precautionary plans to equip each patrol borough with surgical masks and other prophylaxes in the event mass treatments were required.

Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly told members of the NYPD SHIELD program that the New York City Police Department is keeping a close eye on the progression of swine flu and has taken a number of internal precautions to properly equip and protect police personnel in the event of a wider outbreak. He made the comments in opening remarks during the latest NYPD SHIELD briefing, held for the private sector security community at Police Headquarters today.

“The swine flu outbreak has provided a good test of internal protocols and our collaboration with other city agencies, but we also want to share information with our partners in the private sector given how far-reaching the effects of a pandemic crisis could be” Commissioner Kelly said.

The NYPD SHIELD program is the Counterterrorism Division information-sharing initiative for private sector security directors. Approximately 200 representatives from the private and corporate security community attended Wednesday's conference, additional foci of which included the use of technology by terrorists and the NYPD's guidelines for public security privacy, among other presentations.

Counterterrorism Bureau Intelligence Research Specialists also spoke about the eventual relocation of detainees in the United States and abroad, while members of the NYPD Intelligence Division and Bomb Squad respectively reviewed a recently prosecuted domestic plot to destroy an upstate New York military arsenal and export explosives, and summarized procedures by police in the event a suspicious package is discovered.

More information about the NYPD SHIELD program can be found online:
http://www.nypdshield.org/

Related: http://www.nyc.gov/html/nypd/downloads/pdf/crime_prevention/public_security_privacy_guidelines.pdf

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