Bratton addresses NYPD new counterterrorism unit
Mayor Bill de Blasio and NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton publicly introduced the city's newest counterterrorism team Monday.
Bratton then addressed the first 100 members of the Critical Response Command Unit at its new headquarters on Randall's Island.
Although the announcement comes just days after a horrific terror attack in Paris, officials say the unit had been in the works for more than a year.
Members had been hand-selected and underwent months of training.
At its full capacity, Bratton says the counterterrorism unit will consist of 560 members and have access to special guns, vehicles and high-tech equipment in the event of a terrorist attack in the city.
Bratton says the unit will make its first appearance on Dec. 31 in Times Square for New Year's Eve.