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Welcome to the New York City Police Department's SHIELD website. The NYPD SHIELD is an umbrella program to coordinate the efforts of both public and private security activities.

SHIELD seeks to partner with private sector security managers with the goal of protecting New York City from terrorist attacks, foreign and homegrown, based on providing best practices, lessons learned, counterterrorism training, and information sharing.



New York City has been targeted by terrorists on several occasions, most notably the 1993 and 2001 attacks against the World Trade Center.

Other plots have been thwarted, such as the attempt to bomb the New York City Subway in 2009, Times Square in 2010 and the Federal Reserve in 2012. New York has persevered and thrived in the face of these events, but we cannot let our guard down. The threat of terrorism remains. Working together the public and private sectors are stronger than either is alone. This partnership is the cornerstone in defending the City against terrorism.

SHIELD is a central destination for private sector security managers to share and obtain information.

The SHIELD website is a vital resource of information with weekly threat reports and analysis of global and domestic terrorist incidents that include implications for NYC.

Members also have the opportunity to receive free counterterrorism training.  Security managers will have access to request training for themselves and their staff.  There are classes on risk assessment and mitigation for managers, and operational security measures for frontline personnel.

This program forms a partnership through a shared resolve of vigilance and security our City.

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NYPD SHIELD addresses private sector business on both an industry-specific and a geographic basis. This enables the NYPD to best serve the unique needs of each constituency. NYPD provides training services to assist public and private sector entities in defending against terrorism.

In addition, information specific to a particular sector or neighborhood is transmitted directly to those affected by one of several methods:

  • In-person intelligence and threat briefings conducted by Counterterrorism Bureau and Intelligence Division personnel
  • Informal conferrals with Patrol Borough Counterterrorism Coordinators
  • NYPD Website postings
  • Shield Alert e-mail messages

NYPD SHIELD keeps our private sector partners informed of developing situations in the City, preparations for upcoming events and new intelligence and threat information.

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NYPD SHIELD is a two-way street; the key to success is for information to flow in two directions. Private sector personnel are well situated to serve as eyes and ears of the NYPD. We ask your assistance in the fight against terrorism by reporting suspicious behavior as soon as possible.

In addition, we recognize that our private sector partners are uniquely qualified to assist NYPD personnel during counterterrorism deployments. Your personnel know your buildings, blocks and neighborhoods from a different perspective. You know what belongs and what is out of place. We urge you and your staff to speak with the police officers you see on the street, particularly those assigned to posts in the vicinity of sensitive and critical locations. Sharing your perspective can help us be more effective. If you have information to pass to the NYPD but cannot do so in person, please use our 24-hour hotline, 1-888-NYC-SAFE or 311. In an emergency, always call 911.

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