The NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau hosted the 10th annual Operation Sentry Conference in which hundreds of law enforcement partners gathered inside Police Headquarters. Law enforcement from across the country shared information and best practices in order to better detect and prevent threats. The conference is a multi-regional, multi-agency collaboration designed by the NYPD’s Intelligence Bureau to help detect potential threats to New York that originate outside the city. The Counterterrorism Coalition also gives the NYPD the opportunity to share information with other agencies about their respective cities.
“Glad to see how Operation Sentry has grown – from 2006 with only 10 departments to today with about 85,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill. “We’re proud the NYPD is playing a leading role in intelligence sharing across the country. We have much to share, and we have much to learn. We saw the importance of this in September, where a series of bombings stretching from Chelsea down to Seaside Park on the Jersey Shore were determined to be the work of a single terrorist.”
Tuesday’s conference consisted of conversations on the attacks on officers in Baton Rouge by Colonel Mike Edmonson of the Louisiana State Police and Special Agent in Charge Jeffrey Sallet of the FBI’s New Orleans office; lessons learned from the attack in San Bernardino by Lieutenant Davis Greeen of the San Bernardino Police Department; the Lee Rigby incident by Neil Hibberd of the Metropolitan Police Service; and current cyber threats by NYPD Lieutenant Gustavo Rodriguez and Aristedes Mahaires of the FBI New York Cyber/Counterterroism unit. Focusing on information gathering and sharing by local, state and federal law enforcement agencies allows agencies to work together to identify and detect threats in order to prevent them. The Sentry Program provides agencies with training in prevention and deterrence, and also serves as a network through which gang, narcotics, and other criminal data may securely be disseminated.