Richard Daddario, a former federal prosecutor and Justice Department Attaché in Moscow, has been tapped by the New York Police Department to head their counterterrorism efforts, The New York Times reported.
He will replace Richard Falkenrath, who retired in May to join the private security firm Chertoff Group, headed by former Homeland Security Secretary Michael Chertoff.
Daddario served as an Assistant U.S. Attorney in the Southern District of New York from 1996 to 2009 before he was sent to Moscow as the Justice Department Attaché. In that position, he provided legal advice to the U.S. Embassy and worked with Russian law enforcement on several issues including terrorism and transnational crime.
When he assumes the office in August, Daddario will be the first prosecutor to serve in the position, which was created shortly after the Sept. 11 terrorist attacks. The deputy commissioner of counterterrorism is responsible for the more than 120 detectives assigned to the Joint Terrorism Task Force and will supervise the Lower Manhattan Security Initiatives’ planned network expansion of security cameras.
Daddario also will work closely with the more than 1,000 officers assigned to counterterrorism duties, including the NYPD’s Intelligence Division, led by former CIA official David Cohen.
“Richard Daddario brings vast experience and an impeccable reputation in law enforcement to this most important post,” Police Commissioner Raymond W. Kelly said in a statement. “As recent events have shown, New York remains a target for terrorists, and we need talented leadership to help us protect against this continuing threat.”
The New York Police Department made the announcement less than two months after suspected terrorist Faisal Shahzad attempted to set off a car bomb in Times Square. Shahzad pled guilty this week to the attempted attack.