I liked the military life. They teach you self-sufficiency early on. I always say that I learned most of what I know about leadership in the Marine Corps. Certain basic principles stay with you - sometimes consciously, mostly unconsciously.
I think one of the biggest scams in law enforcement is the monitor.
I don't think I've become arrogant. I'm pretty much the same person. I think the world has changed. I think I'm pretty consistent. Because you stick to what you believe does not make you arrogant.
The NYPD has too urgent a mission and too few officers for us to waste time and resources on broad, unfocused surveillance. We have a responsibility to protect New Yorkers from violent crime or another terrorist attack - and we uphold the law in doing so.
I'm a nice guy, but people want to kill me.
If terrorists aren't limited by borders and boundaries, we can't be, either.
I think, as a nation, we didn't learn our lessons from the bombing of the World Trade Center in 1993. We should have been more careful in a whole host of areas.
You have multiple intelligence agencies. They all ultimately report to the director of national intelligence but, you know, it never comes in neat packages. So you have to make judgments on what you have, and it's not easy to do.
A broad base of knowledge is critically important to our ability to investigate terrorism.
All terrorism is theater.
You can't separate the two, being a parent, being a cop.
In New York City we have the biggest police force in the country. We have 35,000 uniformed officers. We're able to mass officers in significant numbers if we had to.
For some, the very act of intelligence gathering seems illegitimate when applied to the crime of terrorism.
I don't stretch enough. I know I should do it more, and I'd like to do yoga, but I just don't have time.
I don't think I have the demeanor to be a politician. I'm used to making decisions and to a certain extent being in charge.
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