Law enforcement leaders from around the U.S. and even Canada are in Saratoga County this week for the fifth New York State Intelligence Summit. Erin Connolly has more on what was discussed at the meeting.
SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. -- September 11th, 2001 is a day none of us will soon forget. It changed the way we live and it changed the way law enforcement does business.
"We've come a long way since 9/11. In a lot of ways, it was our awakening in law enforcement to start communicating, sharing information and sharing intelligence," said Joseph D'Amico, New York State Police Superintendent.
And Wednesday at the fifth New York State Intelligence Summit, more than 250 leaders from all levels of law enforcement, as well as homeland security agencies, gathered in Saratoga Springs to learn about new strategies, technologies and resources, all in the interest of public safety.
"I think everything needs to be improved upon every year. We're never where we want to be. The individuals who are planning and plotting against the domestic U.S. or interests outside are always ahead of the game trying to change based on what we put resources into," said Thomas Fresenius, New York State Police Assistant Deputy Superintendent of counter Terrorism.
In just the last year, there was the Boston Marathon bombings, as well as active shooter situations at Sandy Hook Elementary School and in our own backyard in Herkimer and Mohawk and Webster. The summit allowed the leaders to discuss current terrorism threats and major crime trends.
D'Amico said, "One of these things that we do is look at these incidents and say what should we have done, what can we do better, who do we need to know, who do we need to call. It's all about preparation."
Leaders also recognize that New York City is quite possibly the largest target that exists domestically and say the military plays a critical role in homeland security.
"We have a large presence in New York City working with the counter terrorism division task force empire shield, which is about 200 soldiers on duty every day out of the transportation hubs," said New York National Guard Brigadier General Ray Shields.
Law enforcement officials also credit New Yorkers for helping maintain our safety.
They say the "See Something Say Something" campaign has been effective.
"It took off like wildfire and it's a simple thing and it works. We rely on the public as our eyes and ears and we can only be so many places."
And leaders here say they also monitor international threats and their potential impact on New York State.