Reporting Rich Lamb
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) - While still on alert, things are getting back to normal in New York City following the 9/11 terrorist threat.
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Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the NYPD’s 12-hour shifts have been pulled and there are fewer checkpoints around the city than over the weekend.
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But he notes that the ‘credible, but unconfirmed‘ terrorist threat is still unresolved.
“Obviously we remain alert. We are listening to our normal sources to see if there is anything that we can gleam from the normal flow of information that we get,” he said.
The department is making adjustments to the security plan on an hourly basis, however, checkpoints still remain and additional coverage remains in place across the transit system.
“We continue to be vigilant at least for the near-term,” Kelly said.
He added the additional security doesn’t mean there is a specific subway threat, but added that 40 percent of terrorist attacks around the world have taken place on transit systems.
“We will continue to have bad searches. We have them everyday in the transit system — we change the location, we change the frequency of it — but the focus on the transit system is going to continue at a somewhat heightened level,” Kelly said.
When asked whether publicizing the threat may have forced its potential actors back into the shadows Kelly said he hopes so.
Kelly also spoke about security Tuesday at a gathering of community leaders in advance of the Jewish holidays beginning with Rosh Hashanah on Sept. 28. He says there are no specific threats linked to the holidays, but police still will step up security in Jewish neighborhoods and at synagogues as a precaution.
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