30 Jan 2015

The NYPD will launch a unit of 350 cops to handle both counterterrorism and protests — riding vehicles equipped with machine guns and riot gear — under a re-engineering plan to be rolled out over the coming months.

NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton unveiled plans Thursday for an elite, 350-member unit to handle anti-terrorist duties and large-scale demonstrations.

The new Strategic Response Group, set to debut in six months, was launched in response to recent terror attacks like this month’s Paris murders, Bratton said.

“The officers will have the dedicated mission of protecting locations (and) being able to assist us in dealing with demonstrations,” Bratton told a Police Foundation breakfast.

The squad assigned to the NYPD’s counterterrorism bureau will also participate in the department’s daily anti-terrorism drills. In their downtime, the officers — whose equipment will include riot gear — will undergo special weapons training.

The new squad will spare the department from calling cops off their regular precinct shift to help out with demonstrations or the drills.

“It’s a win-win because precincts get the precinct cops back in their precincts,” Bratton said.

Authorities are still working out where the 350 cops will come from, but sources said they will likely be a combination of current counterterror cops and cops from other units.

Bratton also said “a new patrol model” — with more precinct cops in patrol cars and less in specialized roles — will allow for more frequent and productive contact with the public.

An extra police vehicle will hit the street on the day and night shift, with its officers — freed from “the tyranny of the radio” — getting involved in their precinct’s day-to-day life.  

“This plan will establish an entirely new set of expectations for our police officers . . . spending time going into businesses, saying hello to owners, going into schools,” said Bratton.

A neighborhood coordination officer will supervise the extra patrols. “It’s an embrace of community policing,” Bratton said. “I truly believe when officers embrace their neighborhoods, their neighborhoods will embrace them back.”

Bratton also said the department is getting a complete technological makeover during the next 12 months.

Every computer in the department will be replaced within a year, and every city police officer will soon have a department email address and an NYPD-issued smartphone.

Read More:http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/new-nypd-unit-handle-terror-response-protests-article-1.2096137


  1. I think the main problem is that people see the possession
    of machine guns in a civilian environment as unprecedented, even if held by Police
    in response to a terrorist attack.

    Of course keep the military or home guard in reserve, but
    surely such a response must be retrograde in nature and not proactive?

    It risks the machine gunning of crowds of people, a massacre,
    and so is this against a sensible society?

    My advice would be for NYC to kill this now, before it becomes
    a 21st Century/18th Century policy.

  2. He's just straight-up stating that terrorists and disgruntled citizens are the same thing.

  3. Are these cops IDF from Israel? The same enforcers who have been terrorizing Gazans? The NYPD has a branch now in Israel for some reason...

    The front door is wide open to those behind it all.

    By way of deception thou shall wage war. Indeed.

  4. Handing automatic weapons to people known to shoot unarmed innocent men, women and children.. what could possibly go wrong with that!?!?

  5. If the Strategic Response Group was formed to carry out the upcoming negro 'culling' and the expulsion of illegals then it's a good thing.

  6. Finally! New York City has it's very own Waffen-SS!

  7. And what happens when untaxed cigarettes are being sold everywhere?

    Huh? What happens then?

    When whole communities are being terrorized by cheaper cigarettes threatening to make life more affordable for smokers...what then?