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New York Police Department Counterterrorism Efforts

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Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience, and was Chief of Detectives of the NYPD for more than 5 years where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. During his 33 year career with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, quality of life, traffic and other public safety operations.

In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He also supervised, together with his FBI counterpart, numerous terrorism related investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. During this time, Phil Pulaski also was responsible for the NYPD programs involving (i) human and electronic intelligence collection operations; (ii) intelligence processing, analysis, and dissemination; (iii) counterterrorism technology evaluation; (iv) critical infrastructure risk assessment and protection; and (v) counterterrorism training.

Under Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly, the NYPD enhanced its intelligence gathering capabilities by deploying NYPD detectives to foreign countries around the world and imbedding them with the host countries’ national police force. The NYPD is the only non-federal law enforcement agency in the US to have ever done this. As commanding officer of the Intelligence Division Phil Pulaski managed these NYPD officers that were assigned to 11 cities in 9 foreign countries.
Additionally, during 2013, the NYPD collaborated with the Department of Homeland Security to run bioterrorism drills in the New York Subway system. By releasing a non-toxic gas through the system, experts could determine how real bio-terrorism attacks could possibly unfold and how fast noxious gas would travel through the system. This information was used to develop a high-tech gas tracing tool to help law enforcement pinpoint the source of an airborne toxin.