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NYPD, mayor show off bulletproof glass for patrol cars

Article taken from: amny.com


The NYPD convened Tuesday what the commissioner called a “show and tell” of bullet-resistant glass and doors to be installed on more than 3,800 patrol vehicles.

The bullet-resistant doors will be installed by the end of the year; the windows by the first half of next year, said Mayor Bill de Blasio.

“You saw that material, very high tech material, that absorbs the bullet and literally takes the bullet’s trajectory and uses it against it to stop it dead in its tracks,” de Blasio said inside a classroom the NYPD uses to train cops.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill said the need to protect cops in vehicles from gunfire was motivated by the 2014 shooting deaths of Rafael Ramos, 40, and Wenjian Liu, 32 — officers who were ambushed by a mentally ill gunman as they sat in a patrol car in Brooklyn — and the killing the following year of Brian Moore, 25, a cop who was shot by a suspect in Queens.

Money for the remodeled training facility and the bullet-resistant windows for every NYPD patrol vehicle is in de Blasio’s draft $84.7 billion budget for the upcoming fiscal year: $10.4 million for the windows and $275 million for the remodeling.

The plan also will modernize Rodman’s Neck, which the NYPD took over in 1960. Among other changes, the department will seek to muffle gunfire that rattles neighbors on nearby City Island.

Councilman James Vacca (D-Bronx) says the noise has long been a source of consternation among his constituents.

O’Neill said construction of the facility is long overdue.

“I think the same dining hall’s been up here forever. I think I remember eating meatball sandwiches back here way back in 1983,” he said. “It might even be the same meatballs.”

NYPD to install bulletproof windows in all patrol cars

Article taken from nypost.com 


Image: Chad Rachman


The de Blasio administration is planning to spend $10.4 million to outfit all NYPD patrol cars with bullet-resistant window inserts, according to City Hall officials.

The plan is expected to be announced Tuesday when Mayor de Blasio unveils an $84.7 billion preliminary fiscal 2018 budget — up 3.1 percent from last year’s $82.1 billion preliminary plan.

The NYPD began piloting the inserts in 2016, which protect the back portion of the driver and passenger-side windows.

The move followed the killing of two NYPD officers in their patrol vehicle in Brooklyn in late 2014 and the murder of officer Brian Moore in Queens while he rode in an unmarked patrol car.

In July, city officials announced they were allocating $6.8 million to outfit the NYPD’s 3,813 patrol cars with bullet-resistant panels that protect the doors but said they weren’t ready to sign off on the window inserts at the time.

Now they say they’re moving forward using asset forfeiture funds to cover the costs of putting the window panels in every vehicle, with half the money allocated in the current fiscal year and the remainder in fiscal 2018.

“This is about having the backs of our men and women in blue who, with courage and commitment, don the uniform every day to protect and serve,” said City Hall spokesman Austin Finan. “This investment is our commitment to ensuring the safety of those officers on the beat.”

At a New York Building Congress luncheon in midtown Monday, de Blasio also revealed elements of the city’s upcoming capital budget proposal.

He said it would include funding for an additional 1,300 miles of streets to be repaved in the coming fiscal year and a multi-year earmark to create 40,000 new public school seats.

Press Release: VPD Receives Public Safety Excellence Award



For immediate release: 11/28/2016 4:30 p.m. 

Valdez, AK – The Valdez Police Department ALICE program received the Alaska Municipal League’s annual Public Safety Award of Excellence during a November 17th ceremony.

Selected from amongst many deserving public safety programs, VPD’s ALICE active shooter program received statewide recognition during the annual Alaska Municipal League conference in Anchorage, Alaska.

The AML citation reads (excerpts):

The Valdez Police Department, whose mission is to provide excellent service and protection through leadership and partnership with the community, has established itself as a leader throughout the State of Alaska in developing and implementing a community-wide initiative with local schools, businesses, corporations, city government and non-profit organizations to address a societal problem: active shooter/active killer events.

After extensive research, VPD decided to adopt an active shooter / active killer response strategy called ALICE (Alert, Lockdown, Inform, Counter, Evacuate). This strategy was developed by Greg Krane, president and CEO of the ALICE Training Institute and is designed as a tool to increase citizen survivability during active killer incidents.

In 2014, VPD invited ALICE Training Institute personnel to Valdez and hosted a train-the-trainer course, something never before offered in Alaska. This course was attended by law enforcement and school district administrators from across the state. Following the course, several of the largest school districts in Alaska officially adopted ALICE as their response strategy.

“I have not seen so many schools statewide make the change from a passive, static response plan to a proactive, options based plan as quickly as in Alaska,” said ALICE CEO Greg Crane. “It is truly a testament to the impact and success of the training [VPD] conducted locally, that it caused other jurisdictions to want to mimic that police relationship with the community and showcase a commitment to safety.” 
Utilizing ALICE techniques in conjunction with Hardwire’s ballistic whiteboards, VPD developed a series of trainings that empowers citizens by providing options designed to increase their survivability during an active shooter / active killer event. The Valdez City School District wholeheartedly endorsed ALICE training, which is now a requirement for all staff, teachers, and administrators.

VPD has not limited training to the Valdez School District alone; they have engaged in community-wide outreach, instructing a variety of businesses, organizations, and agencies in Valdez. As a multi-faceted program, VPD also implemented the NIXLE alert system, which automatically notifies the community via text messages and emails in the event of an imminent or active threat.

“For towns and cities across the country, gun violence from active shooters has been the cause of anxiety and concern for many public leaders and government officials. But unlike most community leaders in America, the Valdez Police Department did more than debate gun control and worry on the issue. They took action to solve the problem,” said Emily W. Tunis, COO & President of Hardwire LLC. “There is no question that the team in Valdez provided the most comprehensive, wide-ranging, and organized active shooter training we have ever seen. [They are] a pioneer in Alaska and the nation for this work.”

In October 2015, VPD presented an ALICE training during the Alaska Association of Chiefs of Police conference held in Anchorage, sharing resources and materials to promote citizen safety with stakeholders in attendees’ respective communities. In September 2016, VPD began discussions with University of Alaska to offer ALICE training courses as continuing education eligible for college credit. Steps are being taken to implement the program by spring semester 2017.

Mayor Ruth E. Knight and Police Chief Bart Hinkle accepted the award on behalf of the City. Former Valdez mayor and current AML board member Bert Cottle presented the award.

AML is a voluntary, non-profit, nonpartisan, statewide organization of 164 cities, boroughs, and unified municipalities representing over 97 percent of Alaska’s residents. AML’s mission is to represent the unified voice of Alaska’s local governments to successfully influence state and federal decision making, build consensus and partnerships to address Alaska’s challenges, and provide training and services to strengthen Alaska’s local governments. For more information on AML, visit http://www.akml.org.

Posted November 28, 2016
Allie Ferko, Public Information Officer
City of Valdez, Alaska

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