Ray Kelly Talks Lessons Of Boston Marathon Bombings
NEW YORK (CBSNewYork) - As we mark the one week anniversary of the deadly bombing at the Boston Marathon, New York City Police Commissioner Ray Kelly is speaking out about how our city can learn from what happened up there.
“Well, we certainly want to talk to the Boston authorities, the FBI, and see what their lessons learned are,” Kelly told WCBS 880’s Michael Wallace and Pat Carroll.
Kelly said he wants to expand the number of mobile cameras in the city.
“We want to be able to put cameras up at certain events, take them down, and put them up to cover other events,” Kelly said.
He said that was something that had been under discussion, but the events in Boston could make it happen faster.
Kelly was asked about what he thought of the police work done in Boston.
“I thought it was excellent work and, particularly, in an area like that, where you have multiple jurisdictions. You have, obviously, the FBI, the Boston Police, the Watertown Police, the Cambridge Police, you had the transit police force that was involved. So, it all seemed to work very well,” he said.
Kelly was also asked about the lessons learned from 9/11.
“Well, I can tell you, obviously, we’ve learned an awful lot in this city. We’ve invested more than any other city that I’m aware of in protecting ourselves from a terrorist attack and a lot of other jurisdictions come here. They look at what we’ve done. Some of the things they may see helpful. Some they may not. Every city is different,” he said. “A lot of lessons were learned on 9/11, but we certainly can’t stop learning. We have to examine what happened in Boston and really see if we can improve what we’re doing here.”
As the NYPD looks at how it can improve the ways it secures the city, the MTA is relaunching its “see something, say something” ad campaign.
The MTA’s award-winning security awareness campaign will appear on television and in print this month.
The new round of ads depicts what appear to be potential terrorists planting bags on subways, buses, and trains.
Prior ads portrayed images of unattended packages in transit facilities.
The Department of Homeland Security is funding the $10 million campaign.
On Monday, Mayor Michael Bloomberg also said that New York City officials will be speaking with those in Boston to learn as much as possible.
“Put that into the database and into our thoughts about what kind of protection we should provide and when it’s appropriate,” Bloomberg said.
He said security procedures will have to be tightened.
“We have to understand that in the world going forward, we’re going to have more cameras and that kind of stuff,” he said.
The mayor was cautious about ramping up security too much.
“What we can’t do is let the protection get in the way of us enjoying our freedoms,” he said.
Despite the dangers in the world, Bloomberg said he thinks the city is as safe as it’s ever been.
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