Massive Security Presence Expected In NYC For New Year's Eve
A massive security force is expected to be deployed to New York City’s Times Square ahead of New Year’s Eve festivities on Saturday night.
“On New Year’s Eve, you will see extraordinary assets deployed by the NYPD,” said New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio during a press conference on Thursday morning.
He said members of the NYPD Special Ops, Strategic Response Group and Critical Response Command will be patrolling the area. NYPD Officers will also be stationed on rooftops, and helicopters from the aviation unit will be flying overhead.
Sixty-five sand trucks from the NYC Sanitation Department and concrete blocks will form security blockades. NYPD Chief Carlos Gomez said that close to 7,000 officers will be stationed throughout the city on Saturday night.
“We’re gonna have one of the most well policed, best protected events at one of the safest venues in the entire world, given all the assets that we deploy here,” NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said in the press conference.
Event organizers expect nearly 2 million people to crowd into Times Square this year.
Officials said this morning that there are no credible threats to NYC, but reminded the public to remain vigilant and report anything suspicious.