New York Cops to Get Machine Gun Training

Academy recruits prepare for Mumbai copycat attacks
By Kevin Spak,  Newser Staff
Posted Dec 8, 2008 11:53 AM CST
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(Newser) – The New York Police Department is preparing for the possibility of a Mumbai-style terrorist attack on multiple targets by training all 1,000 of its latest recruits to use M4 automatic machine guns, the New York Post reports. The 2,000 officers in the Organized Crime Control Bureau will get the training as well. The new trainees should be ready to wield the weapons by New Year's, the commissioner said.

Currently only the 400 cops in the NYPD's elite Emergency Service Unit are trained to use the M4 automatics. "In the event of multiple terrorist attacks, these other units will be deployed to supplement Emergency Services," an NYPD spokesman tells the Post.