Police could take down plane if needed: NYPD chief

Last Updated: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 14:06

New York: The chief of the New York Police Department says city police could take down a plane if necessary.

Commissioner Ray Kelly tells CBS` "60 Minutes" that after the Sept. 11 attacks, he decided the city couldn`t rely on the federal government alone. He set about creating the NYPD`s own counter-terrorism unit. He says the department is prepared for multiple scenarios and could even take down a plane.

Kelly didn`t divulge details but said "obviously this would be in a very extreme situation."

Other measures include sending NYPD officers abroad, using radiation detectors and creating a network of surveillance cameras in Manhattan.

The interview airs Sunday evening. It comes two weeks after the tenth anniversary of 9/11, when hijackers flew planes into the World Trade Center and Pentagon.


First Published: Monday, September 26, 2011 - 14:06

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