Article 12 – National Special Security Event (NSSE)

Phil Pulaski has 38 years of law enforcement experience, including more than 33 years with the New York City Police Department (NYPD). Phil Pulaski retired during 2014 as NYPD’s Chief of Detectives, where he successfully managed scores of major investigations including murdered police officers, serial killers, civilian deaths resulting from police action, multiple victim homicides, missing persons, mass casualty incidents and pattern sex assaults. Immediately following the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks on the World Trade Center and Pentagon, Phil Pulaski led the NYPD’s counterterrorism and intelligence efforts as commanding officer of the FBI/NYPD Joint Terrorist Task Force, the NYPD Counterterrorism Bureau and the NYPD Intelligence Division.

During the 2006 United Nations General Assembly, Phil Pulaski was responsible for the NYPD dignitary protection program, and managed the dignitary protection detail that included the daily deployment of 1,000 detectives. He was also responsible for planning, risk assessment and security regarding numerous special events in NYC including the US Tennis Open, Major League Baseball Playoff and World Series games, US Navy Fleet Week, New Year’s Eve Times Square event, July 4th Macy’s Fireworks display and large demonstrations and parades. Phil Pulaski worked closely with the FBI, US Secret Service, US Department of State, US Department of Homeland Security, US Department of Defense, US Department of Energy, US Centers for Disease Control and several foreign security services. Phil Pulaski also participated in the management of the September 2004 Republican National Convention in Madison Square Garden, a National Special Security Event (NSSE).

A NSSE is an event of national or international significance deemed by the United States Department of Homeland Security to be a potential target for terrorism or other criminal activity. These events have included summits of world leaders, meetings of international organizations, presidential nominating conventions and presidential inaugurations. NSSE designation requires federal agencies to provide full cooperation and support to ensure the safety and security of those participating in or otherwise attending the event and the community within which the event takes place. The NSSE designation is typically limited to specified event sites for a specific limited time frame.

The NYPD is the lead local and state agency for NSSEs occurring within New York City and works closely with federal law enforcement, counterterrorism and intelligence agencies. For the federal government, the United States Secret Service is the the lead agency in charge of the planning, coordination, and implementation of security operations for the event. The FBI is responsible for intelligence, counterterrorism and investigation of major criminal activities associated with the event. NSSE designation is not a funding mechanism, and currently there is no specific federal “pot of money” to be distributed to state and local governments within whose jurisdiction an NSSE take place.