NYPD Counter Terrorism officer patrols in Times Square in New
NYPD Counterterrorism officer patrols near the WTC in New York
Heavily armed officers and explosives-detecting dogs were
deployed to locations including the British Consulate and the
British Mission to the United Nations in Manhattan, senior New
York Police Department officials told a news conference.
"You'll see a larger presence of the dogs at these locations, as
well as (officers) armed with the long guns," said James Waters,
the police department's counterterrorism chief.
Police Commissioner James O'Neill said that while authorities
were concerned about copycat attacks, there was no specific
threat to New York City on Wednesday.
Outside the British Consulate, officers stood guard wearing
helmets and tactical vests and carrying semi-automatic rifles.
Several police cars were parked nearby, their lights flashing.
Police long-gun teams were also deployed to New York's City Hall
and Grand Central Station, the department said.
Four people died and at least 20 were injured in London after a
car plowed into pedestrians and an attacker stabbed a policeman
close to parliament in what police called a "marauding terrorist
New York police previously boosted security at prominent sites
around the city after large-scale attacks in Paris, Brussels and
San Bernardino, California, out of an abundance of caution.
The U.S. Department of Homeland Security said it would lend
support to Britain's investigation of the attack but that the
U.S. security posture was unchanged.
"We are in close contact with our British counterparts to
monitor the tragic events and to support the ongoing
investigation," the department said in a statement.
(Reporting by Laila Kearney; Additional reporting by Timothy
Ahmann in Washington; Editing by Daniel Wallis and Peter Cooney)
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