The defense of New York City requires the NYPD to reach out for information and gain perspective from sources around the globe.
The NYPD has developed one of the most comprehensive counterterrorism initiatives in the country. The International Liaison Program (ILP) is at the heart of these efforts.
Intelligence Officers are stationed in 11 international cities, working with law enforcement agencies to provide firsthand, in-depth analysis to New York City. The world-wide presence allows NYPD officers at the scene of a terrorist attack to provide information to the NYPD’s counterterrorism command structure.
The ILP offers an outstanding model of how public-private collaborations can impact public safety. The City of New York underwrites the personnel costs of the officers. The New York City Police Foundation, through contributions from its business, individual and philanthropic partners provides essential travel, lodging, and office expenses that fall outside the city’s budgetary lines.
Impact for New York
Within minutes: The NYPD changed deployment around New York train stations and enhanced presence at soft targets.
Within days: A new strategy was developed to simultaneously handle multiple attacks.
Within a week: The NYPD alerted its network of private security contacts and gathered valuable records, including floor plans and architectural information as part of a new initiative to protect hotels and other soft targets.
Within weeks: Special Operations adopted new procedures, developed drills and exercises, and updated citywide training for multiple attacks.
Today: The NYPD continues to conduct emergency response drills based on lessons learned in Mumbai.