NYPD drills for mumbai-style terrorist attack • Brooklyn Paper

NYPD drills for mumbai-style terrorist attack

Christmas shopping was the furthest thing from the minds of a cadre of NYPD police officers dispatched to Floyd Bennett Field off of Flatbush Avenue last week for a series of drills on how to handle a Mumbai-like terrorist attack. The scenario, which involved police rappelling onto buildings and rescuing hostages from armed suspects, was part of the city’s ongoing effort to prepare for any contingency.

The NYPD held a special war games scenario inside Marine Park’s Floyd Bennett Field on December 5, where they practiced how to prevent a Mumbai-style attack in New York City.

As helicopters swooped in from over the horizon, heavily armed anti-terrorist cops rappelled down to a group of buildings, where would-be hostages were held.

Following a carefully honed plan of attack, the officers went into the buildings, apprehended the insurgents and rescued the hostages.

While the exercise only took about fifteen minutes, the tactics and skills the officers learned during the drill would go a long way in furthering to protect the city, Deputy Chief James Malloy told an assemblage of reporters following the Floyd Bennett Field practice.

Officials said that the NYPD officers continually practice how to handle any kind of terror attack, from armed insurgents to biological weapons.

Every time another terrorist attack takes place across the globe, NYPD official add that scenario to the course instruction, officials said, adding that earlier this month, three high ranking NYPD officials went to Mumbai, India, to learn how their police force handled the terrorist attack where 173 people were reported killed and several hundred more were injured.

Among the dead included Crown Heights couple Rabbi Gavriel Noach Holtzberg and his wife Rivkah and Rabbi Leibish Teitelbaum, formerly of Borough Park.

NYPD Commissioner Ray Kelly told reporters that his officers are prepared  for any possible terror attack.

“Our goal is to find out as much as we can about terrorists worldwide to understand who’s behind them, what motivates them and what tactics they use,” Kelly said recently. “We’re also always concerned about the copycat syndrome.”


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