Phil Pulaski has 36 years of law enforcement experience, and was Chief of Detectives of the NYPD for more than 5 years where he was responsible for 3,600 personnel. During his 33 year career with the NYPD, Phil Pulaski managed patrol, investigative, counterterrorism, community affairs, quality of life, traffic and other public safety operations.
In the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 terrorist attacks, Phil Pulaski managed the NYPD’s counterterrorism and weapons of mass destruction operations. He also supervised, together with his FBI counterpart, numerous terrorism related investigations including the 9-11 World Trade Center attack and October 2001 anthrax attacks. Phil Pulaski also was responsible for the NYPD programs involving (i) human and electronic intelligence collection operations; (ii) intelligence processing, analysis, and dissemination; (iii) counterterrorism technology evaluation; (iv) critical infrastructure risk assessment and protection; and (v) counterterrorism training.
Phil Pulaski possess 20 years of bomb operations experience; and, managed numerous post and pre blast operations including the Times Square attempted terrorist bombing on May 1, 2010 and NYC subway terrorist planned bombing on July 31, 1997. Additionally, Phil Pulaski was trained by the FBI to manage incidents involving nuclear improvised explosive devices (NIEDs) and has noteworthy experience regarding NIED operations.
On May 1, 2010, Faisal Shahzad, a 30-year-old Pakistani-American parked a Nissan Pathfinder in the center of Times Square and attempted to detonate a homemade bomb made of propane, gasoline, and fireworks. The bomb failed to detonate, but the area was evacuated to ensure the safety of thousands of people in the area.
Faisal Shahzad was arrested at John F. Kennedy Airport as he was attempting to leave the country, bound for Dubai. Shahzad was indicted on ten counts including attempting to use a weapon of mass destruction and acts of terrorism transcending national boundaries, and during his trial he waived his right to an attorney. At his sentencing he went into several anti-American tirades, which were silenced by Judge Miriam Goldman Cedarbaum.
Though Shahzad was a naturalized U.S. citizen living in Connecticut, he received explosives training in Waziristan, a conflict zone in Pakistan. He was linked to the Pakistani Taliban and maintained contact with the terrorist group leading up to the incident in Times Square.