NYPD promises unprecedented security for New Year's Eve ball drop

31 December, 2017, 07:38 | Author: Mable Gonzales
  • NYPD promises unprecedented security for New Year's Eve ball drop

O'Neill said there would be more bomb-sniffing dogs, more counter-sniper teams and more officers on the ground than previous year, but declined to set a number.

The New York police department is pulling out all stops to prepare for hundreds of thousands of people who will gather in Times Square on New Year's eve.

Detectives already have been assigned to all of the dozens of high-rise hotels in the area, with the aim of preventing the type of attack that happened in Las Vegas in October, when a gunman firing from a casino hotel killed dozens of people at an outdoor concert below.

"You're going to see not just NYPD but you're going to see other law enforcement agencies, you're going to see the New York State Police, you're going to see the National Guard, you're going to see more presence of the MTA police officers".

The extra precautions follow two recent terrorist attacks in the city.

Those who will use their mobile phones to see over two million people welcome the new year can access the different mobile webcasts that are prepared for the event. The speeding vehicle was eventually stopped by one of the squat metal barriers that have been installed around the square's pedestrian plazas.

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"The fact is, they will absolutely be safe", said Mayor Bill de Blasio, a Democrat.

The stepped-up training is in response to an attempted bombing in a Times Square subway station walkway on December 11, and comes on top of increasingly stringent security for the city's New Year's Eve celebration in the years since the September 11, 2001, airplane attacks. The police are putting a three-level security system in place, according to ABC News.

What we've come to expect as normal security measures will be in place such as concrete and sand trucks.

For spectators, there are only 12 access points. A cascade of confetti and fireworks will ring in the new year when the Waterford Crystal ball drops.

The line-up includes Mariah Carey, who is set to redeem herself from her highly-talked about performance a year ago. For instance, the Central Park run and the New Year's Eve celebration in Coney Island.



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