More Cash to "Secure the City" Against Terror

The NYPD will receive $18.5 million

Friday, Jan 22, 2010  |  Updated 5:15 PM EDT
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More Cash to "Secure the City" Against Terror

Kimberly Nicholais

The $18.5 million dollar "Securing the Cities" plan includes installing sensors on bridges like the George Washington

New York City is getting a chunk of new cash to protect it from terror.

The Department of Homeland Security has approved funding for a program to protect against a "dirty bomb" or nuclear attack, Sen. Charles Schumer said today. 

The New York Police Department will receive $18.5 million out of a possible $20 million made available nationwide, Schumer said.

The program, called Securing the Cities, includes a ring of sensors: devices at highways, toll plazas, bridges, tunnels and waterways can detect radioactive and nuclear material before it enters the city.

They have already been placed at major entry points. They've also been distributed to law enforcers in New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.  Schumer said additional funding was needed to buy more sensors, link the equipment and conduct training.

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