New York City Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau

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New York City Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau
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MottoFidelis ad Mortem
Faithful till Death
Agency overview
Preceding agency
  • Municipal Police
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdictionNew York, New York, USA
Map of New York Highlighting New York City.svg
Map of New York City Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau's jurisdiction.
Size468.9 square miles (1,214 km2)
Legal jurisdictionNew York City
HeadquartersOne Police Plaza

Elected officer responsible
Agency executive
  • James Waters, Chief of Counterterrorism
Parent agencyNew York City Police Department
Official site

The New York City Police Department Counterterrorism Bureau (also known as CT) is a division of the New York City Police Department (NYPD) responsible for preventing terrorist attacks within New York City.[1][2] Former New York City Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly described the CT as "a Council on Foreign Relations with guns".[3]

The counterterrorism and intelligence bureaus fall under the domain of Intelligence and Counterterrorism Division, which is commanded by Deputy Commissioner John Miller.[4]

Current subdivisions[edit]

Critical response command (CRC)[edit]

The CRC is a group of specially trained police officers who have specialized skills in advanced weapons use[5] and awareness training in explosives, radiological, and biological/ chemical attacks.[1] They are deployed daily to various locations in the city.[1][5]

Counterterrorism Division[edit]

The counterterrorism division oversees a range of activities including:[1]

  • The Technology and Construction Section which designs counterterrorism projects.[1]
  • The Training Section which provides counterterrorism training.[1]
  • The Threat Reduction Infrastructure Protection Section (TRIPS) which develops specific defensive strategies for various locations in the city.
  • The Chemical, Biological, Radiological, Nuclear, and Explosives (CBRNE) Section which conducts tests and research on new counterterrorism technologies.[1]
  • The Maritime Team, which designs counterterrorism systems for the city's harbors, this includes the Tactical Radiological Acquisition Characterization System (TRACS) which maps background radiation.[1]
  • The NYPD SHIELD Unit which provides information and training to the public on counterterrorism.[1]
  • The Emergency Preparedness and Exercise Section, which liaises with the NYC Office of Emergency Management.[1]

Joint terrorist task force (JTTF)[edit]

The JTTF is a national security force which includes both members of the NYPD and the FBI, and operates both within New York City and globally. This partnership allows nationally classified documents to be used by the NYPD, and for local information to be shared at the national level.[1][3]

Domain awareness system (DAS)[edit]

Lower manhattan security initiative (LMSI)[edit]

Terrorism threat analysis group[edit]

The Terrorism Threat Analysis Group is responsible for the analysis and sharing of intelligence to various agencies including other police departments.[1][3]

World Trade Center command[edit]

The World Trade Center command provides security around the World Trade Center.[1]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ a b c d e f g h i j k l m "Counterterrorism - NYPD". Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  2. ^ "NYPD counterterrorism chief says today's threats are "two inches deep but miles wide"". Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  3. ^ a b c "Is New York a Counterterrorism Model?". Council on Foreign Relations. Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  4. ^ "Intelligence & Counterterrorism - NYPD". Retrieved 2019-06-21.
  5. ^ a b FOX. "Inside the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau". WNYW. Retrieved 2019-06-21.