NYPD chief: Police could take down plane if needed 25 Sep 2011 The chief of the New York Police Department says city police could take down a plane if needed. Commissioner Ray Kelly tells CBS’ “60 Minutes” that after the Sept. 11 attacks, he decided the city couldn’t rely on the federal government alone. He set about creating the NYPD’s own counter-terrorism unit. He says the department is prepared for multiple scenarios and could even take down a plane. Other measures include sending NYPD officers abroad, using radiation detectors and creating a network of surveillance cameras in Manhattan.