NYPD fighting terrorism from the sky

Posted at 4:44 PM, Apr 28, 2013
and last updated 2013-04-28 16:44:11-04

It is technology once thought of as made for Hollywood movies, but times have changed here in the city.

This technology is real and being used every day to fight crime, terrorism and save lives.

And you better believe it has been helpful.

Thermal imaging found the Boston Marathon bombing suspect Dzhokhar Tsarnaev crammed on the floor of a boat as the Boston Police Department zeroed in.

And we all know what happened after that.

What you may not know is how the NYPD’s Aviation Unit uses thermal imaging or infrared to spot anything out of the ordinary, suspects, radiation, movement — you name it — in Time Square, lower Manhattan or on any street.

We took a flight over the city to see just how it works.

The view from the chopper showed nothing is secret—– with clear skies and a press of a button, our co-pilot Officer Chris Maher can see a full picture of what’s happening on the ground and  video is being recorded just in case they have to take a second look.

Nothing will get past these eyes from the sky.

With the city always being a possible target for terror, this technology is always being updated.

The crew consists of experienced officers with dozens of years on the job.

“The technology is always changing, being updated. We are and will always prepare for any and everything,” Officer Maher said.

Pilot Det. Dennis Derienzo said, “Boston did a great job handling the situation. It also makes us think what if that happens here so we prepare and train all the time.”

“I am proud to be a part of this department apart of this unit,” Det. Pierre Zimmerli told us.

From the ground, to the sky, the NYPD is working tirelessly to ensure the safety of New Yorkers.