Statement On Belgium Terror Attacks

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The New York City Police Department is closely monitoring the situation in Belgium and is in close contact with our international partners and with the FBI. Until we learn more, the department has deployed additional counterterrorism resources across the city including: the Counterterrorism Response Command (CRC), the Strategic Response Group (SRG), and Hercules Teams. These teams have been deployed to crowded areas and transit locations around the city out of an abundance of caution to provide police presence and public reassurance as we closely follow the developing situation overseas.

At this time, there is no known indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City. We will continue to follow the situation in Belgium closely with the Joint Terrorism Task Force and the FBI and adjust the department’s deployments accordingly.

These attacks come at a time when the federal government has proposed cutting terrorism funding to New York City by roughly 90 million dollars. Any cut in terrorism funding to New York—to what is widely recognized as the nation’s top terror target—would be irresponsible.

Stephen P. Davis
Deputy Commissioner Public Information