NYPD ups security for New Years as chief rails against national reciprocity (VIDEO)
By Chris Eger
New York Police are enhancing the already typically heavy security in and around Times Square for the upcoming year-end events.
NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill said the measures will make the highly-publicized annual gathering one of the “most well-policed, best-protected events, at one of the safest venues in the entire world.”
While O’Neill said there are “no direct, credible threats” he advised that there will be additional officers on the outer perimeter to Times Square to keep those waiting to pass through double security checks from moving vehicles. The agency will also be monitoring “elevated vantage points” in the wake of the Las Vegas shooting.
Those attending the ball drop celebration will not be able to bring backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas or leave unattended property at checkpoints. Explosive-sniffing dogs and devices will be on hand to screen those who seek to enjoy the event, which is forecast to have extremely low temperatures and wind chills hovering around zero degrees.
Earlier this month O’Neill penned an op-ed for the New York Daily News in which he stressed that Congress and the White House should keep terror funds traditionally made available to the city intact rather than trim them in response to the Big Apple’s