Richard C. Daddario, a federal prosecutor in New York for 13 years, was named head of the New York Police Department’s anti-terrorism units.
Daddario, 59, was appointed deputy commissioner of counterterrorism, the NYPD said yesterday in a statement. He succeeds Richard Falkenrath, who left in April to join the Chertoff Group, a security advisory firm led by former U.S. Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Daddario, as an assistant U.S. attorney in the Southern District of New York since 1996, led the general crime, narcotics and organized-crime divisions and served as deputy chief of the unit that oversaw organized crime and terrorism, the police department said. He has been the U.S. Justice Department’s attaché in Moscow since September 2009 and will assume his new duties in August, said Paul Browne, a police spokesman.
Daddario’s appointment to head the largest U.S. police department’s battle against terrorism came the week that Faisal Shahzad, a naturalized U.S. citizen from Pakistan, pleaded guilty to driving a bomb-laden car into New York’s Times Square to avenge the deaths of Muslims overseas.
“The threat from radical Islam shows no sign of receding,” Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said June 23 at a breakfast event in Manhattan. Shahzad’s statement “served as a chilling reminder of what this city is up against.”
Before joining the Justice Department, Daddario was first deputy commissioner for the city Department of Investigation, a corruption-watchdog agency, and chief counsel for the state Commission of Investigation.
Task Force Detectives
Daddario will be responsible for detectives assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force, a partnership with the Federal Bureau of Investigation, as well as police counterterrorism training and programs.
Initiatives in Lower and Midtown Manhattan call for installing networks of cameras, license plate readers and weapons sensors.
Daddario will also lead the Homeland Security Department- funded Securing the Cities initiative, which aims to deploy radiation sensors at all points of entry into the city.
He earned law and undergraduate degrees from Georgetown University.