Introduction | What We Do | What We Ask
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 Atlantic Avenue subway station in 1997 and the 1993 Landmarks plot that targeted key sites, such as the Lincoln and Holland Tunnels, the United Nations and 26 Federal Plaza. 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.
NYPD SHIELD is an umbrella program for a series of current and future Police Department initiatives that pertain to private sector security and counter terrorism. This is a public private partnership based on information sharing.
NYPD SHIELD is a central destination for private sector security managers to obtain information and engage Police Department resources.
NYPD SHIELD also seeks information from our private sector partners to assist in our efforts to keep the City safe.
WHAT WE DO
NYPD SHIELD keeps our private sector partners informed of developing situations within the City and around the world, preparations for upcoming events and new intelligence and threat information.
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 SHIELD consists of experienced and educated law enforcement officers and research specialists each of which, bring their unique abilities to the program. Our staff is eager to continue strengthening the bonds between the NYPD and the private sector in the fight against terrorism.
Operating within the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau, NYPD SHIELD represents the strength and success that can be achieved through unity and cooperation between public and private sectors. By establishing and fostering these relationships before possible attacks, the NYPD and the private sector can work to prevent acts of terror and violence while strengthening our security mindset and posture. The support from both the NYPD and the private sector since its inception in 2005, has allowed the SHIELD program to develop into the preeminent public/private partnership program it is today.
The NYPD Shield program addresses private sector information needs for its members in a number of ways including:
- NYPD Shield website that includes weekly reports, conference archives, videos and links to over 115 different sources (ex: DHS, FEMA, FBI, US-CERT, etc.), various downloadable publications, Around the World Newscast Videos
- Real time event email alerts
- Intelligence and Analysis Assessments and Bulletins
- Shield Conferences
- Professional liaisons through various security association meetings
- Shield assists with the preparation of emergency preparedness, table top exercises, and live drills.
- Terrorism based informational presentations
WHAT WE ASK
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 to the local authorities as well as SHIELD
You will be expected to share your open source intelligence with Shield. This will assist in our efforts to disseminate important information to other members that could benefit from your intel.
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.
Download our Brochure: Shield Brochure