Michael Blake, Head Of 9/11 Trial Security, Promoted To Deputy Chief

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NEW YORK — The man in charge of the New York City Police Department's security planning for the upcoming trial of the Sept. 11 terror attack suspects is being promoted.

Police Commissioner Ray Kelly on Tuesday is scheduled to formally promote Inspector Michael Blake, a 23-year veteran assigned to the counterterrorism division, to deputy chief.

Attorney General Eric Holder announced this month that Khalid Sheikh Mohammed and four other suspects in the attacks will be tried in New York City, just blocks from where the World Trade Center towers were destroyed. The announcement sparked a debate about the security risks involved.

In prepared remarks, Kelly says Blake has already conducted a preliminary assessment of locations that will be affected by the trial, including the federal courthouse in Lower Manhattan, the Manhattan Detention Center, and surrounding streets and buildings.