Speed need vs. ter­ror

New York Post - - NEWS -

The Post re­port that spe­cially trained NYPD of­fi­cers armed with high-pow­ered ri­fles will be as­signed to ev­ery event at the city’s sta­di­ums and ma­jor are­nas rec­og­nizes an es­sen­tial el­e­ment in stop­ping ter­ror at­tacks: speed.

The need for rapid re­sponse be­came ev­i­dent af­ter the Bat­a­clan Theater at­tack in Paris two years ago. A hand­ful of ter­ror­ists got inside dur­ing a con­cert and slaugh­tered 90 peo­ple in un­der eight min­utes.

Since then, anti-ter­ror planning has em­pha­sized fast re­ac­tion, which will be aided in New York be­cause cops will have head­sets and know the build­ings’ lay­outs. Let’s hope their train­ing is never needed.

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