For King, ‘Securing the Cities’ Program Still a Priority – CQ Homeland Security

The debate between New York-area representatives and the Department of Homeland Security over funding for a radiation sensor deployment program known as “Securing the Cities” seems poised to continue in the 112th Congress, as one of the initiative’s most vocal backers announced Monday that it is still on his priority list.

DHS has argued that former Secretary Michael Chertoff started Securing the Cities in 2006 as a three-year pilot, meant to look at the viability of deploying a network of radiation detection devices around New York City. The department has produced grant applications to back the statements. But representatives from the area have maintained that the New York City Police and other grant recipients never believed that the program would come to a close – and that continued funding would be essential.