De Blasio: NYPD ‘Beefing Up’ Security After Australian Hostage Crisis

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Bill Bratton (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images).

Mayor Bill de Blasio and Commissioner Bill Bratton (Photo: Andrew Burton/Getty Images).

Hours after gunfire abruptly punctuated a 16-hour hostage stand-off in Sydney, Australia, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced the NYPD and federal agents are on guard around Australian interests in New York and at other potential local targets.

Speaking after a housing-related event in Brooklyn, Mr. de Blasio informed reporters that the cops and the feds have increased personnel and safety measures around locations related to the Australian government. The announcement followed a Sydney police raid that killed an Iranian immigrant and self-described Islamist sheik who had held six people captive at gunpoint in a cafe.

“Let me assure all New Yorkers that we are taking appropriate precautions, making sure we are beefing up our presence at the locations related to the Australian government and other important locations around the city,” Mr. de Blasio said. “You’ll see substantial activity to make sure that those locations are protected, so the NYPD as usual, in close coordination with our federal partners, and is on alert to make sure we keep the people in this city safe.”

Mr. de Blasio declined to list what spots, besides embassies, had received bolstered protection. He characterized the reaction as a routine response to an international event.

“The fact is that the NYPD, very consistently, when they see an attack on other locations around the world, they swing into action, beef up potential targets, take precautions, and that’s what they’re doing right now,” he said.

De Blasio: NYPD ‘Beefing Up’ Security After Australian Hostage Crisis