Countering Terrorism through Information Sharing


Date : September 17, 2021

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 counterterrorism. 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.



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 counterterrorism presentations 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.



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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