New York steps up security presence following Brussels explosions

NEW YORK, March 22 (KUNA) — New York Police department announced an increase of its security presence throughout the State after Brussels explosions, and will closely follow the situation with Joint Terrorism Task force and the FBI.
The NYPD said in a statement issued after the deadly explosions in Brussels, that they are closely monitoring the situation in Belgium and is in close contact with their international partners and with the FBI.
“Until we learn more, the department has deployed additional counterterrorism resources across the city including: the Counterterrorism Response Command (CRC), the Strategic Response Group (SRG), and Hercules Teams,” it added.
The teams have been deployed to crowded areas and transit locations around the city out of an abundance of caution to provide police presence and public reassurance as we closely follow the developing situation overseas.
At this time, NYPD’s Deputy Commissioner Public Information Stephen Davis affirmed that there is no known indication that the attack has any nexus to New York City.
These attacks come at a time when the federal government has proposed cutting terrorism funding to New York City by roughly USD 90 million dollars.
The department affirmed that any cut in terrorism funding to New York – to what is widely recognized as the nation’s top terror target – would be irresponsible. (end) mao.nfm