In Manhattan, New York City, lies the headquarters of the United Nations. There also live more than one and a half million people. They have to ‘make peace’ with the noise of the UN General Assembly for two weeks every September. Traffic density was accompanied by a convoy of government officials attending the annual event. Busyness is still added to the security settings.
Imagine being in the middle of a traffic jam in New York City.
Every year, the density will turn into a severe traffic jam when the UN General Assembly (SU) takes place. It happens every September for about two weeks. “So it’s hard to get to your destination quickly. Unless you’re taking one of the 200 convoys of cars that carry high-ranking officials to and from the UN building,” he explained.
Sergeant Patrick McGuire of the New York City Police is responsible for the security of the UN SU. “There are agents from the Secret Service, New York police, and intel verifying the convoy of cars that entered the area …” he commented.
Security travel to the United Nations begins at the Operations Center of the State Department’s Diplomatic Security Bureau. During the UN SU, they opened a temporary office on one floor of a hotel.
Regional security around the UN headquarters was prepared in just 72 hours but planned for eight months. A thousand people arranged for more than 100 armored cars and limousines manned by rapid response teams, and other vehicles for officials.
JR Kulik is the State Department’s Diplomatic Security coordinator for UN SU.
“What our agents do on the ground to protect those leaders is create a security bubble around them. It’s very interesting because they move. We have to make sure that we maintain that security circle, wherever they go, whenever, wherever.” Toshie Deuskar had to enter that security bubble to pick up his child at the kindergarten. “If I walk, no problem. It would be a problem if I needed to drive,” he said.
With all the planning and 12 hour shifts, of course the New York City police will be resting after this assignment. Sergeant Patrick McGuire, UN Security Coordinator, shook his head. “We immediately planned the next task. In Manhattan, there’s always something going on.” That means, traffic jams again.[ka/uh]