Cuomo Beefs Up Counterterrorism Initiatives After Paris Attacks

New Yorkers will have a new way to report potential threats.

New York Gov. Andrew Cuomo is beefing up the state's capacity to fight terrorism in the wake of the attacks that swept Paris on Nov. 13, killing 130.

He rolled out two new initiatives Monday aimed at protecting New Yorkers from terrorist activity and making people more aware of their surroundings.

"We have stepped up our preparedness in the aftermath of the Paris attacks, and we continue to remain vigilant against those who seek to spread fear and violence," Cuomo said.

The first initiative is a mobile app for iPhone and Android users called "See Something, Send Something." It allows people to anonymously send in photos or notes about potential threats. 

"This app works just like a traditional telephone crime tip line or hotline, except it is available with the touch of a finger on a handheld device," New York State Police Superintendent Joseph A. D'Amico said.

In addition, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority will hire 46 more police officers "to increase counterterrorism capabilities" at major passenger hubs in the New York City area and beyond, including Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, as well as various stations along the Metro-North Railroad, Long Island Rail Road and Staten Island Railway systems.

Officers working in heavily trafficked transit areas "are taught to immediately engage, pin down and neutralize any potential threat in order to minimize casualties," Cuomo's office said in a press release.

New York City officials are also increasing their security protocols. Members of the police and fire departments conducted two counterterrorism training drills Sunday in an empty subway station. New York City Mayor Bill DeBlasio said the city is  "fundamentally prepared for any situation."

Last week, the NYPD also rolled out its new Critical Response Command, which trains a specific group of officers in counterterrorism tactics. 

Download the "See Something, Send Something" app here.

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