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Police Department Providing Millions of Dollars Worth of Security Detail for UN General Assembly
Monday, September 20, 2010
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says the city spends between five to seven million dollars each year protecting dignitaries who attend the United Nations General Assembly.
"We certainly supplement what the federal government is doing," says Kelly. "The Secret Service is here. They bring in other federal agencies to help them and of course, we provide probably the vast majority of security that's being given in the city."
Kelly says the UN General Assembly draws 191 dignitaries to New York City who each need their own security detail. The State Department provides some reimbursement for the city's efforts in providing protection.