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Blackout triggers post-911 security plan

Thursday’s blackout almost instantly triggered a host of security plans put in place after the 2001 World Trade Center attack, police said. Police helicopters, boats and heavily armed teams of special counterterror officers moved into place at city landmarks and other sensitive locations, police Commissioner Ray Kelly said. Officials swiftly realized the power outage was not an act of terror, and they used so-called Atlas teams of officers to make sure no one took advantage of the blackout to strike at a potential terror target, he said. Officials activated an alternate police command site in the Bronx meant to ensure high-level operations are not disrupted by a direct attack on a more accessible department building. More than 2,000 additional officers were on the streets, bringing the head count to more than 9,000, and those working at night had their hours extended from eight-hour shifts to 12 hours. Full Story

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