NYC to expand counterterror system

October 4, 2009 3:34:06 PM PDT
Lower Manhattan's network of security cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors is expanding to midtown. Mayor Michael Bloomberg and Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly announced Sunday that the city will extend the counterterrorism system into an area that includes Grand Central Terminal, Penn Station and Times Square.

The high-tech network started running last year. It now covers a nearly two-square-mile area that includes the New York Stock Exchange, the World Trade Center site and other high-profile buildings and infrastructure.

The city now plans to add cameras and license plate readers at key spots between 30th and 60th streets. The city is financing the expansion with about $24 million in federal money.

"The Lower Manhattan Security Initiative was designed to bring together the private and public sectors to protect the economic heart of the nation," Kelly said. "The awarding of this grant enables us to begin extending its scope to a large swath of Midtown, where the same technologies and partnership at work in the Financial District will be brought to bear on interests and infrastructure there."

To ensure that appropriate privacy protections exist, the NYPD has developed a first-of-its-kind privacy policy that provides for limited access and appropriate disposition of stored data. The policy is available online at NYC.gov.

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