Local authorities believe New York City could be a potential target of militants trained and supplied as well as those who carried out the Mumbai terror attack last November, and NYPD leaders are determined not to be outgunned.
"Terrorists are thinking creatively about new tactics," Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said last week at a City Council public safety hearing. "So must we."
The nation's largest police department launched a counterterrorism initiative this month to train a new team of officers with semiautomatic rifles loaded with armor-piercing bullets. The officers also are being trained in tactics for close quarters combat and rescuing hostages in hotels and other high-rise buildings.