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DALLAS -- Storage Networking World -- The fight against crime, terrorism, and a range of threats to the safety of over 8 million people are driving a major storage overhaul at the New York Police Department (NYPD), according to its CIO James Onalfo. And while details are scant, it's clear the move is a big one.

"The NYPD is a huge, huge organization," he said during a keynote here today. "It's a global corporation that just happens to be in a city."

Onalfo, who was formerly international CIO of Kraft, now oversees a storage infrastructure supporting 11.5 million 911 calls a year and 1.8 million arrests.

"The ROI I have at the NYPD is the safety of the police officers and the safety of the people of New York," he said, adding that he is responsible for providing accurate data and services to more than 35,000 officers and a further 18,000 civilians working for the NYPD.

Whereas other CIOs worry about servicing internal business units, Onalfo's life is governed by a completely different set of rules. Top executives get all the police blotter information emailed to their BlackBerries twenty-four hours a day. And information must be continuously available to working officers in order to nab suspects.

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