Police State or Safer State?

Ever wonder why terrorists haven’t attacked NYC like they did in Paris or Brussels? It’s probably because, unlike Europe, there’s nowhere to flee and it’s more difficult than it looks to enter the US. There are only two bordering countries. The closest one, Canada, is 400 miles away.

I’m sure it also has to do with the army of police assigned to NYC. And I do mean ARMY. More on this later. So, the odds of a mass attack by individuals, however coordinated, would likely fail due to the probability that a cop would be in proximity to the shooters’ locations. At the least, they’d be Johnny-on-the-spot as we have 76 precincts.


Let’s take a closer look at the facts. At the federal level, there are at least twenty-seven federal agenciesoperating in or around NYC. The obvious ones are FBI, DEA, ATF and the Marshals Service.

The non-obvious ones are Unites States Park Police, Federal Reserve Police and, get this, US Fish and Wildlife Service. I guess someone’s gotta protect Central Park’s goldfish pond.

5705843658bfcf4407a58b20_NYPD%20TacticalAt the State level, there are sixteen agencies, which range from NY State Police to State Forest Rangers toUniversity Police.

Wait, it gets better. The bulk of the police exist at the municipal level, which is the city level. And the ARMY I referred to earlier are the NYPD. There are 40,000 of them! Most countries don’t even have 40,000 soldiers.

57058449720d1e4d07a8a21a_Riot%20GearIf we include other law enforcement agencies, such as CUNY Police, Co-Op City Peace Officers and the Sea Gate Police Department, I estimate there are over 60,000 law enforcement personnel roaming the streets, subways, and metro trains of the greater NYC area.

That’s protection! Arguably, it’s also overkill. And despite the love-hate relationship many of us have with the police, this is where I count my blessings that we have total police saturation.

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