Description of original award (Fiscal Year 2022, $550,000)
The NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau's, World Trade Center Command is responsible to detect, deter, prevent and disrupt terrorist incidents throughout the World Trade Center Campus and surrounding area. Additionally, the highly-trained counterterrorism officers assigned to the World Trade Center Command have also been utilized to supplement various counterterrorism tactical operations within the five boroughs of New York City. This operational command consists of 154 uniformed police officers, tasked with multiple responsibilities, inclusive of, but not limited to: deployments within mass transportation hubs and critical infrastructure at the World Trade Center site and surrounding area, as identified by the Department of Homeland Security and consistent with the “2003 National Strategy for Homeland Security: The Physical Protection of Critical Infrastructures and Key Assets” outlining important infrastructures and assets within our nation. These deployments at the World Trade Center consist of Heavy Weapons Teams, Hostile Surveillance Detection, Explosive Detection Bag Screening Teams, Transit Order Maintenance Sweeps, drone mitigation teams and static foot posts on a daily basis.
This proposed project will enhance law enforcement operations when supporting the core capability of interdiction and disruption at the World Trade Center site within New York City. The funding amount of $549,000 requested for this project would be used to purchase one hundred eighty-three (183) ballistic helmets, ballistic body armor, and ear protection for the uniformed officers assigned to the World Trade Center Command. This necessary equipment will be critically useful during active shooter-bombers (an active shooter with explosives either on their person or previously placed/dropped during an attack). This equipment would be deployed with the uniformed officers while protecting sensitive locations at the World Trade Center site and surrounding area, and would allow officers on the scene, as well as responding resources, to deploy the equipment in an active shooter-bomber incident.