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NYPD Refutes TV Station's Report Of 'Credible Terror Threat'

NYPD officers will be on heightened alert during the holidays, but there is no credible threat of an attack, said department officials.
NYPD officers will be on heightened alert during the holidays, but there is no credible threat of an attack, said department officials. Photo Credit: Facebook

The New York Police Department released a press statement late Tuesday saying that a story published earlier in the day on WPIX Channel 11's website reporting that there was a “credible" terror threat against New York City leading into the holidays was factually inaccurate.

WPIX amended its story after the NYPD issued its statement.

"New York remains a top target for terrorists. Working with the FBI, we scan the threat environment on a daily basis. We evaluate each threat individually. There is no threat that we can deem credible at this time," said Deputy Police Commissioner Stephen Davis in the statement.

Davis went on to explain why the NYPD said WPIX Channel 11’s initial online story was factually inaccurate.

"There was no intelligence briefing with the Police Commissioner and his command staff today," he said, refuting a portion of the WPIX statement.

"The NYPD disseminated an internal bulletin to officers earlier in the day to remind them that attacks can come without warning and that officers in public places should remain vigilant," Davis added.

"Since the Paris and San Bernardino attacks we have increased patrols and other counterterrorism resources out of an abundance of caution. The NYPD will continue working with the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, and the entire intelligence community to protect New Yorkers, Davis added

Davis also released the entire statement to the city's officers regarding terror vigilance during the holiday, which can be viewed here.

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