The NYPD, New York’s Finest, has a tough enough job keeping the 5 boroughs safe for us New Yorkers. New York has become a safer place, when compared to the dangerous days of the 80’s and 90’s, but we have new problems to worry about that are larger than the daily shooting or stabbing. New York is undeniably the number one terror target in the world, and to combat the foe, the NYPD had to use some unconventional tactics.
As far as terrorism goes, there is the realization that most terrorists start their quest for martyrdom (lunacy) from abroad. New York City is also the choice location for said lunatics to evolve into martyrs. So, the best way to counter terrorism? By stationing NYPD abroad.
In the last decade, the NYPD has extended their boundaries to way beyond the five boroughs. How far, exactly? New York’s Finest are stationed on every continent except Antarctica, with a presence in many large cities. There are NYPD officers and detectives stationed permanently in 11 major cities: Tel Aviv, Israel; Amman, Jordan; Toronto and Montreal, Canada; Paris and Lyon, France; Madrid, Spain; Abu Dhabi, UAE; London, England; Santo Domingo, Dominican Republic; and right near the capital city of Singapore.
New York City Police Chief Ray Kelly started the program of stationing New York’s Finest abroad. They hope to gain intelligence on any proposed threats to the Big Apple, as well as thwart those plans at their origin. An added bonus is that the areas in which there is an NYPD presence also gets the resources that they have to offer.
In 2005, the NYPD was in Australia to assess Operation Pendennis, and helped foil a plot to attack a Melbourne sports complex. They provided intelligence at the 2003 and 2009 hotel bombings in Jakarta, Indonesia. They were the first outside responders in the Mumbai railroad bombings of 2006, as well as the shooting massacre in 2008. The NYPD assessed hotel attacks in Jordan and Egypt in 2005. In Israel they were on the scene in more than 25 suicide attacks. London and Madrid experienced commuter rail attacks in 2004 and 2005, and they were there to respond, and also helped stop the bomb plot at Glasgow airport. Just last week, 80 members went to Haiti to help dig out survivors from the Port au Prince Earthquake, as well as train the Haitian national police.
If you’re a traveler, you can almost be sure that wherever you venture, the NYPD will be nearby. If you’re a New Yorker, that’s like having a NYC embassy at your disposal.