Countering Terrorism through Information Sharing

Commissioner's Message

Date : November 20, 2019

Police Commissioner James P. O'Neill Welcome to NYPD SHIELD, the innovative and highly-successful program that partners our Counterterrorism Bureau with private security managers across the area.

New York City remains a top terrorism target by organized groups, so-called “lone wolves,” and more. At least one stated desire of those who wish to do us harm is to cripple our economy. Because many world-class financial institutions are based here, we can never become complacent.

We have long known that in order to safeguard our city and our nation, we had to find new and effective means of sharing vital information with the private sector. No police department in the world is better-positioned than the NYPD to face that fight head-on. But thwarting terrorism – like crime, itself – is a shared responsibility between the police and the communities we serve. We want you to help us keep everyone safe by maintaining a watchful eye for anything suspicious – because you know your buildings and your immediate neighborhoods better than anyone.

Information sharing is a two-way street, and the relationships we have formed through our program have already paid dividends. NYPD SHIELD is not intended to replace existing programs within the private security industry. Rather, it serves as a clearinghouse for threat updates and key messages about new briefings, industry-specific seminars, and the latest offerings from our counterterrorism experts.

We know that a threat to one of us is a threat to all of us. Certainly, terrorists and criminals around the world are working hand-in-hand to attack our interests. To defeat their network, we must strengthen our own.

Thank you for joining us in our mission to keep New York City, its businesses, and its people safe. I’m honored to serve as Police Commissioner, and I look forward to forging even stronger bonds with you as we find the way forward together.