Governor Kathy Hochul says it’s up to counties to develop plans to counter domestic terrorism.
In support of that effort, millions of dollars will be made available for counties across New York to develop plans.
“In the wake of the horrific domestic terror attack in my hometown of Buffalo, I committed to New Yorkers that we will confront the scourge of domestic terror head-on,” Governor Hochul said. “New York is providing local governments with the tools they need to address the threat of domestic terror and targeted violence, so we can prevent tragedies before they even occur. I will never stop fighting to keep New Yorkers safe.”
Communities are being encouraged to develop Threat Assessment and Management (TAM) Teams as part of their Domestic Terrorism Prevention Plans.
To help $10 million will be made available to counties.
Teams will be comprised of law enforcement, mental health professionals, school officials, and other key stakeholders tasked with identifying, assessing, and mitigating the threat of targeted violence.
In part, the executive order calls on:
- DHSES to establish a new unit within its Office of Counter Terrorism dedicated to the prevention of domestic terrorism.
- Every county and the City of New York to develop and maintain a plan to address the threat of domestic terrorism, including racially or ethnically motivated violent extremists.
- New York State Police to establish a new unit within the New York State Intelligence Center (NYSIC) dedicated to tracking domestic violent extremism and increase social media monitoring for investigative leads that may come from the online promotion of violent extremism.
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