Elite NYPD Team Protects City From Dirty Bombs, Waterborne Threats

(CBSNewYork) — New York has become one of the busiest cruise ports in North America, with over a million passengers departing from the harbor each year.

That also makes the area one of the prime targets for those with bad intentions.

In the predawn hours recently, a Norwegian Gem cruise ship was making its way back to New York after ten days at sea. Unbeknownst to the 2,000 plus passengers on board, the ship was under surveillance and being swept for a dirty bomb before it came inside city limits.

As CBS2’s Maurice DuBois reported, hundreds of cruise ships travel in and out of the Port of New York and New Jersey every year as they return from foreign ports of call.

It’s up to a unit within the NYPD’s Counter-Terrorism Division to escort the ships in safely and without incident.

Read more from CBS New York [HERE].