NYC, Calif. Unleashing 'Unprecedented' Security Presence for New Year's Celebrations
About 6,000 officers, including a recently launched 500-member Critical Response Command, will be protecting the area, according to the NYPD and FBI.
"We are very very confident that New Year's Eve in New York City will be the safest place in the world to be," Chief James Waters, head of the NYPD's counterterrorism operations, said during a Tuesday news conference.
Crowds will enter from 14 different points where uniformed officers will inspect them and their bags with magnetometers and hand wands. Chemical and radiation detectors will be on hand, too, as will a long gun team "in case anyone tries to breach the entry point."