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Setting his sights on terrorists

He has gone from being a cop on the beat to helping “manage one of the most advanced centers of counterterrorism training and analysis in the world.”

Inspector Michael Blake, 48, was promoted last week to Deputy Chief. This follows his assignment in September as Executive Officer of the NYPD Counterterrorism Division.

In his current post, he will be in charge of NYPD security planning for the trial of the suspects in the 9/11 terror attacks.

Blake’s upward trajectory began in July of 1986, when he was assigned to patrol in the 43rd Precinct. Four years later he was promoted to Detective; Sergeant two years after that; Lieutenant in February of 1999; Captain in 2002; Deputy Inspector two years later; and Inspector in October 2007.

He served in the 24th, 43rd, 102nd (where he was Executive Officer and Commanding Officer) and 103rd Precincts (he held the post of Commanding Officer), as well as the Brooklyn North Tactical Narcotics Team, the Manhattan North Narcotics District, Queens Narcotics, Patrol Borough Manhattan North Investigations, the Manhattan South Task Force and the Queens Gang Unit.

NYPD Commissioner Raymond Kelly explained that Blake’s new role “includes vital programs to defeat chemical, biological, radiological and nuclear threats, to protect infrastructure and to enlist thousands of private security professionals in our mission to defend New York.”

Kelly continued, “As with every assignment he’s been given, Chief Blake has done an exceptional job. As Commanding Officer of the 103rd Precinct for four years and Commanding Officer of the 102nd Precinct for two years, he drove crime down dramatically in both posts.”

Blake has been married to his wife Robin for 22 years. The couple has three children, Tiffany, Michael Jr. and Maurice, and two grandchildren, Marquel and Corrance, Jr.

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