Monday, February 11, 2008

ASIS International NYC Chapter Luncheon: Counterterrorism Issues and Response

On Friday, February 8, 2008 the ASIS International NYC Chapter proved once again why it is so respected by law enforcement and private security professionals. Thanks to the leadership of Chapter Chairman Jimmy Chin, CLSD, and the members of the board, 150 attendees met for the chapter's monthly meeting at the University Club in Manhattan.

Jonathan A. Duecker, Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism for the New York City Police Department was the speaker for the event. The focus of the day was the criticality of remaining vigilant due to the continual possibility of a terrorist attack against the United States, particularly New York City.

In a world where the threat of terrorist attacks continue, this event highlighted some key points:

  • A unity of effort between law enforcement and private security regarding counterterrorism issues is critical.
  • A culture of preparedness is only possible when a partnership exists and the resources of the NYPD with ASIS International through its New York City Chapter allows for the cultivating of this effort.
  • Especially since New York City has experienced terrorist attacks in the past and attacks continue to take place internationally, the city must always remain vigilant to the possibility of another attack.
  • The dedication of the NYPD to counterterrorism is admirable and must remain with the full dedication and support of all in private security.

[From the ASIS International NYC website—]

Jonathan A. Duecker
Assistant Commissioner for Counterterrorism
New York City Police Department

Assistant Commissioner Jonathan Duecker graduated from the United States Naval Academy and was commissioned an Ensign in the US Navy in 1986. After attending Navy flight school at Pensacola, FL, he was assigned to the EA-6B “Prowler” tactical electronic warfare community and flew electronic countermeasures missions from several fleet aircraft carriers. After 7 years of active duty, he joined the Naval Reserve as an Intelligence Officer performing counterdrug, counterintelligence, and counterterrorism intelligence analysis.

Assistant Commissioner Duecker attended the University of Wisconsin Law School where he received his Juris Doctor; he was admitted to the Wisconsin Bar in 1995. He then attended the US Department of Justice Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA) Basic Agent Training at Quantico, VA, and was ultimately assigned as a Special Agent to the DEA’s Philadelphia Field Division.

Immediately after September 11, 2001, Assistant Commissioner Duecker was assigned by the DEA to the Philadelphia FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force. Subsequently, he was mobilized to active duty to the Joint Intelligence Task Force – Combating Terrorism at the Defense Intelligence Agency (DIA) providing counterterrorism intelligence analysis and production in support of Operations Noble Eagle and Enduring Freedom. While at DIA, Assistant Commissioner Duecker was responsible for creating the Homeland Defense Division, which monitors the transnational terrorist threat to the continental US. He was also responsible for the creation of the Joint Regional Information Exchange System (JRIES), a revolutionary information sharing system between Counterterrorism Intelligence analysts at the Defense Intelligence Agency and local and state law enforcement agencies throughout the US. JRIES was ultimately adopted by the US Department of Homeland Security and renamed the Homeland Security Information Network (HSIN).

Assistant Commissioner Duecker was demobilized at the end of 2002. In 2003, he was appointed Deputy Director of the Pennsylvania Office of Homeland Security by Governor Edward Rendell, and in 2004, was elevated to Director. He served in that position until the end 2005. He was appointed by New York City Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly to his current position in January, 2006.


NYPD Counterterrorism Units Click here to visit site
NYPD Shield Click here to visit site
ASIS International NYC Chapter Click here to visit site
Unity of Effort: Law Enforcement and Private Security Partnerships Click here to visit site
Private Sector Security Responsibilities Against Potential Terrorism Attacks Click here to visit site
Leadership: The Essence of Facility and Community Emergency Preparedness Click here to visit site
Terrorism Blogs Click here to visit site

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