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New York Police learns lessons from Mumbai attack

world Updated: Jan 09, 2009 09:20 IST

Drawing lessons from Mumbai terror attacks, New York City Police Commissioner, Raymond Kelly said he is looking into technologies that can disrupt cell phones and other communication devices of the terrorists in a pinpointed manner at the time of such attacks.

"When lives are at stake, law enforcement needs to find ways to disrupt cell phones and other communications in a pin-pointed way against terrorists using them," Kelly told members of the US Senate during a Congressional hearing on Mumbai terrorist attacks.

Testifying before the Senate Committee on Homeland Security and Government Affairs on lessons learned from the Mumbai terrorist attack, New York City Police Commissioner said his department was also looking into media coverage of such attacks.

We have entered into some kind of understanding with the local media about coverage of such attacks. But that is on an ad-hoc basis, he added.

Observing that there were similarities between Mumbai and New York -- country's financial capital, densely populated, multi-cultural metropolis, a hub for entertainment industry, and also a port city - Kelly said, the NYPD has taken the Mumbai attack very seriously and already has had several round of exercises based on the lessons learned from India's 9/11.

NYPD has also visited several major hotels to document the walkthroughs on video camera, filming entrances and exits, lobbies, unoccupied guest rooms, and banquet halls.

"We plan to use the videos as training tools. Further hundreds of private security cameras were now being monitored at a newly opened coordination center in downtown Manhattan," he said, adding the NYPD has taken a number of steps to train more of its personnel in use of latest and heavy equipments.