NYPD Chief: Police Could Take Down Plane If Needed

Ray Kelly didn't divulge details but said "obviously this would be in a very extreme situation."

Monday, Sep 26, 2011  |  Updated 9:15 AM EDT
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The chief of the New York Police Department reiterated that New York remains the top target in the country for terror and said city police could take down a plane if necessary in a revealing new interview.

Commissioner Ray Kelly tells "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."

Still, asked by the interviewer if the NYPD possessed the equipment and training to take down a plane, Kelly responded with a firm, "Yes."

Kelly elaborated on other counterterrorism measures, including sending NYPD officers abroad, using radiation detectors and creating a network of surveillance cameras in Manhattan that can be monitored from the newly established Joint Operations Center.

The interview aired Sunday evening. It comes two weeks after the 10th anniversary of 9/11.

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