Members of the NYPD met with public and private partners at Police Headquarters Wednesday afternoon for the department’s Shield Conference. NYPD Shield is a partnership between the department’s Counterterrorism Bureau and thousands of private sector professionals. The partnership includes training, information-sharing, and a website for disseminating intelligence.
During the conference, Police Commissioner James O’Neill emphasized that in order to combat terrorism it is imperative that we work together and learn from our allies:
“Whether it’s the sharing of intelligence and best-practices among our peers, or earning the trust of the people we serve in our own jurisdictions so we can work with them toward a safer city, county, and nation we know that public safety is a shared responsibility.”
A global terrorism update was given to help inform Shield members about threats around the world and how the NYPD continues to protect New York City. FBI Special Agent Aristedes Mahairas, in charge of the Special Operations/Cyber Division of the New York Field Office, gave an informed presentation on the current cyber-threat landscape and emerging trends for security professionals. Intelligence Research Specialists Meaghan Gruppo and Alexander Friedfeld, of the NYPD Terrorism Threat Analysis Group, presented on recent global terrorist attacks, tactics, and trends.