Ride Along with NYPD’s Real Life A-TeamOn November 11, 2019 by Raul Dinwiddie
NYPD ESU: A-TEAM – YOUTUBE SCRIPT The Daily got unprecedented access to see
the NYPD’s real-life A-Team in action. They’re part of the police department’s emergency
service unit- or ESU. When there’s a really tough mission – a crisis in New York City,
these are the guys that get the call.>>ERIK GERMAN: [The Daily, Correspondent]
It’s just after 6am and we’re rolling through one of the most violent precincts
in New York City with the apprehension tactical team. They call these guys the A-team. The
NYPD calls in the A-team where there’s some dangerous situation behind the door when police
arrive– something like drugs, guns or a dangerous animal. These guys are now about
to go and hit a door and execute an arrest warrant. The A-Team also plays a key role in preventing
and responding to terrorist attacks.>>COMMISSIONER RAY KELLY: [New York Police
Department] As they were going back to the car, that’s when the signal was given for
the emergency service officers to move in. In 2009, they were the primary tactical unit
that helped thwart a bomb plot against 2 Synagogues. But their main job on a day-to-day basis remains
executing the city’s most dangerous arrest warrants. So the team has just gone inside and they’ve
entered one apartment and they’ve secured that apartment. Now they are moving to the
2nd apartment. All of this took just a a matter of minutes. So how’s it going so far?
>>SERGEANT JERRY FLOOD: [NYPD Emergency Service Unit] Everything’s going according to plan.
No problems or no issues in first location. Sargeant Flood, we’re leaving first location
and headed around to the 2nd. Alright 10-4. I’ll be standing by. One of the officers has agreed to wear a wireless
microphone and it’s actually transmitting sound out to us here in the street. We can
hear they’re inside the 2nd apartment now. And this is a pretty common thing – there’s
a young child inside the apartment and the officers have to make sure the child is safe
before they conduct the rest of the search. I can actually hear the kid crying now. Don’t worry, don’t worry. Okay. Don’t
worry. Don’t worry. Here. Don’t worry. Here, sit, sit, sit in the chair. You’ll
be okay. As a father, What does it feel like when get
in there, and a baby in there that has nothing to do with it.
>>DETECTIVE DALE SCHULTZ: [NYPD Emergency Service Unit A-Team] That’s the hardest
part – the elderly and the kids that have no part in it, but there’s a bad guy in
the apartment. And they’re getting involved in this whole family aspect, that’s the
hardest aspect of the whole warrant situation. But you take into consideration, and give
as much respect as you can. That was pretty fast. We got here a little
before 7 I want to say. We did 3 warrants in 1 hour. That’s why
we train, you do the same job everyday the same, and it stays that way. This time it went without a hitch. But the
A-team never knows what’s going to face them when they go through the door. There
could be a suspect with heavy weapons – and nothing to lose. They train for these arrest warrant entries
through exercises here – at the TAC House – short for tactical. After breaching the door, the A-team systematically
moves through each room of their house with their bunker team guiding the way– made
up of an officer with a machine gun and another with a ballistic shield. What does that patch mean on your vest?
>>DETECTIVE PATRICK BARRY: [NYPD Emergency Service Unit A-Team] This patch says A positive
– that’s my blood type. So it’s really identifiable in case I’m incapacitated for
whatever reason. It seems like bad luck almost wearing that.
It’s actually good luck. God forbid anything happens to me, they can treat me that much
faster. So Sergeant, could you explain to us a little
bit about the weapons that you use in training? The weapons that we use in training are like
duplicates of the weapons that we’re gonna actually use on patrol. The only difference
is, is that the tip of the bullet here is actually filled with a paint or a kind of
a – some type of marking system. Why is it important to have a training weapon
that’s just like the one that you carry for a live – a live event? Well, we need the – we need them to train.
The way they train is the way they’re gonna actually perform out on the street in the
real world. And the ‘real world’ has left them with
memories of fellow officers, fallen in the line of duty. >>LIEUTENANT KENNETH BEATTY: [NYPD Emergency
Service Unit] I mean, the effects of 9/11 – we lost 14 members of this Unit, and we’re
still, you know, recovering from that. We can’t lose the sight of the fact that we’re
here, you know, to help, you know, help the community, help, help the city. The whole
world has changed, and certainly we’ve changed in response to 9/11.