6,000 NYC Police On New Year’s Eve Duty In “Extraordinary” Security Show


More than 6,000 New York City police officers, canine units, air and water patrols, and rooftop snipers will be deployed at or near Times Square tomorrow to ensure that the expected 1 million visitors will be safe when the New Year’s Eve ball drops, reports USA Today. Police officials said there have been no credible terror threats against the city in advance of the celebration. Mayor Bill DiBlasio called the security measures “extraordinary.”

City police have been on alert throughout the holiday season, deploying the first 100 officers of the department’s Critical Response Command three days after the Nov. 13 terror attacks in Paris left 130 people dead. Tomorrow, “The usual elements of a highly visible police deployment will include thousands of uniformed police officers at the street level and also in the subways, in the air above and on the waterways all around New York City,” said police Chief of Department James O’Neill. “There’ll be hundreds of traffic agents, plus additional mobile cameras, chemical and radiation detectors, specially trained police dogs sniffing for traces of explosives, cops on horseback, police helicopters and police boats.”

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