NYPD & Federal Agencies tightened Security in NYC after Brussels terror attacks

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March 24, 2016 – New York City: By APB Staff Writer:

The NYPD elevated security around New York City following the deadly explosions that ripped through a Brussels airport and a subway station that killed 34 people and injured more than 180 in coordinated terrorist attacks.

The newly-formed Critical Response Group and the Strategic Response Group were deployed in full force at major NYC transit hubs throughout he city, doubling the amount of police for the morning rush-hour as officials continued to monitor the terror situation in Brussels.

“There is no specific and credible threat against New York City at this time, but we are at a high state of vigilance and readiness,” Mayor de Blasio said at a press briefing with high-ranking NYPD and FBI officials.

Calling the attacks on Beligum “horrific,” de Blasio said, “We stand in solidarity with the people of Belgium.”

The mayor added, “The community of nations has to stand together in moments like this this and reject the forces of terror…What the terrorists want for us is to change our ways. They want to see us in a panic and we refuse to be afraid.”

Heavy weapons teams, special weapons teams and bomb-sniffing K9’s were immediately deployed around the Big Apple’s subways and the NYPD put numerous bag checks into place at subway entrance posts, Miller said.

Bratton said that over the next several days New Yorkers will continue to see an increased police presence in major transit hubs and at highly populated locations including Times Square.

Despite that, New Yorkers continue to live their lives and enjoy the city – Toyota built a rock climbing wall in the middle of Times Square to show off its new RAV-4 vehicle in coordination with the NY Auto Show.

Diego Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office said that the FBI it will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies through the joint terrorism task force.
“This is a well-oiled machine – the NYPD,” he said. “It moves very quickly on these things.”

Diego Rodriguez of the FBI’s New York Field Office said that the FBI it will continue to work closely with law enforcement agencies through the joint terrorism task force.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo said this week that state law enforcement authorities will take added measures to protect airports, bridges, tunnels and mass transit systems.

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