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Video: NYPD Can Take Down Terror Planes

September 26, 2011  | 

VIDEO: NYPD's Counter-Terrorism Unit

The New York Police Department's anti-terrorism unit can take down smaller aircraft that would pose a threat to the nation's "No. 1 target," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly told news magazine "60 Minutes."

During an interview with Scott Pelley, Commissioner Kelly said the department has the equipment and the training to take down smaller aircraft.

The New York Daily News has reported on the the revamping of the NYPD's aviation fleet in 2005 with the addition of a Bell 412 helicopter that could fly as high as 20,000 feet for stealth surveillance of the city. The NYPD also has had Agusta 119 copters armed with .50-caliber semiautomatic rifles that could blast large moving objects like boats, planes or tractor-trailers from hundreds of yards away.

Commissioner Kelly also defended the agency's use of a network of 2,000 surveillance cameras expected to grow to 3,000 cameras. Patrol officers have also been given hand-held devices that detect nuclear weapons and improvised explosive devices.

Source: New York Daily News.

Comments (9)

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william @ 9/26/2011 11:02 PM

Only the President of the United States may give the order to shoot down civilian aircraft. If the president can't be reached in time, two Generals can make the call, no law enforcement agencies may make that call at this time!

Mitch @ 9/27/2011 8:06 AM

William, you are referring to 'military' authorization for a shoot down. Local law enforcement is not similarly constrained. If there is a vehicle with a known IED that will not comply, whether it is a Rider Truck or an aircraft, and inbound to a target no call to the President is required for me to stop it.

Chuck @ 9/27/2011 9:08 AM

Also, I was of the impression that these devices sold as able to detect IED's were nothing more than a scam, and millions had been stolen from the Iraqi and Afghanistan governiment as they purchased these things. Many promises no proof. I guess we can now add New York to the list of Security Experts with war mentalities that succumbed to snake-oil peddling "Experts."

Bob @ 9/27/2011 10:54 AM

IED's may be difficult to detect, but nuclear devices are a little easier, if the detectors are for radiation. We got a call that one of our Fire Department's trucks had an alarm go off as it was passing a car. After we made the stop, we found that what activated the alarm was that one of the passengers had recently had a medical test that required some radioactive dye be injected in his body.

Tom Ret @ 9/27/2011 11:43 AM

New York is smart for not relying solely on the federal government for their protection. They only have to look at the Mexican border to see the failure of the federal government to take the threat seriously because of political correctness or complete incompetence.

Rick @ 9/27/2011 4:24 PM

It's called Airborne Use of Force and was pioneered by the Coast Guard. They have been giving training to other agencies. Although never been done before, an LE agency could make the call to down a plane just the same as they can make the call to shoot a vehicle. Now the question is why the hell aren't we shooting down drug planes coming across our border and shooting fleeing drug vehicles that come across our border like the Coasties are shooting boats and making them stop. The time for crybaby tactics is over!

halderon @ 10/1/2011 12:09 AM

If not the President, who in Law Enforcement gives the O.K.? Are jets scrambled also, to guide the plane down? Terrorism is a terrible thing, and we must fight it everywhere we find it. This just has too many questions. You are not talking just a plane, you are talking falling parts on citizens, an explosion, how big is the rocket? More info...

John Russell @ 10/4/2011 7:07 PM

.50 cals on a chopper thought it was not legal for Police Choppers to carry Armaments? What next Sabre Jets from Korean war?

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