Police Commissioner James O'Neill

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NYPD Commissioner: Shutdown Impacting Safety Of NYC

January 23, 2019 - 7:46 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880/CBS News) — New York City Police Commissioner James O'Neill on Wednesday said the department's counterterror work with the FBI is being hampered by the ongoing partial government shutdown, with some FBI agents working without pay.

“I do try to stay in my lane, but now I think this is coming into my lane,” O’Neill said.

The announcement was an unscripted addition to the commissioner’s annual State of the NYPD address. He said the shutdown is starting to have an impact on the safety of the city, state and country.

“We need people to make good decisions out of Washington, that's what they get paid for. They’re there for the people. They’re not there for themselves,” O’Neill said.

The normally non-political commissioner also has some words of advice for lawmakers.

“We need some common sense here in this country. We all have to come together for a common purpose to get this done,” Commissioner O’Neill said.

An NYPD report on Wednesday also documented the extent of coordination between the police and overseas intelligence agencies, claiming their work together has expanded the department's ability to thwart potential lone-wolf attacks in “real-time.”

John Miller, the Deputy Commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism said that the NYPD is seeing the emergence of the propaganda-inspired lone wolf, or small groups of people as the primary threat of terror in NYC and around the world.

The NYPD now has 14 intelligence posts outside the U.S. in the Middle East and Asia, and detectives are also embedded with federal partners in Washington.

(© 2019 WCBS Newsradio 880. CBS News contributed to this report.)