In an interview with WCBS 880’s Rich Lamb about the NYPD’s new neighborhood policing initiative, Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan was asked how community policing could help identify possible terror suspects.
Lamb: “You’re hoping to get more information, more data, more G2 from the neighborhood, right? Do you think that this policing technique could pick up on somebody who’s buying some materials in a hardware store, or — are those the kind of contacts that would be helpful?”
Monahan: “Absolutely. You get to know people on a regular basis. That store owner is going to say — if he sees something suspicious, he may not want to call 911. But he may say (to) Rodney the cop he sees every day, ‘Hey listen, I saw something a little suspicious, maybe you should look into it.’ And we can start the ball rolling.”
“This is all about getting to know people. You know, there’s 8.5 million eyes out there in the city of New York, and we want to be able to reach out to as many of them, and get them comfortable to come up to us and kind of talk,” he continued. “Someone’s going to see something, and if they say something to us, hopefully we can prevent a tragedy like what happened in England.”