NYC Secured to the Hilt as Law Enforcement Watch Out for Possible Terror Threats On New Year’s Eve

A general view during New Year's Eve 2017 in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City.  (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)
A general view during New Year’s Eve 2017 in Times Square on December 31, 2016 in New York City. (Photo by Dimitrios Kambouris/Getty Images)

TIMES SQUARE, NY — City and state law enforcement agencies are boosting security for the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square in the wake of two terror attacks in as many months, officials announced Thursday.

Thousands of NYPD cops will be in and around Times Square to guard the 2 million revelers expected to swarm Midtown Manhattan for the annual ball drop, police officials said.

The NYPD’s heavily armed counterterrorism officers will be out in full force throughout the Times Square area alongside an increased number of bomb-sniffing dogs, NYPD Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said.

Anti-sniper teams and a helicopter will be watching from the rooftops, while every single New Year’s Eve gathering around the city will be fully staffed with cops on the ground, Monahan said.

“This is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said at a news conference Thursday.

Police don’t expect the crowd to be any smaller this year despite predictions of frigid temperatures, with a possible low of 10 degrees and wind chills even colder.

Anyone entering Times Square will have to go through two separate security checkpoints — one at the entrance points at Sixth and Eighth avenues and another at the entrance to the viewing pen.

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SOURCE: Noah Manskar
Patch.com