NYPD se­cur­ing Times Square

No spe­cific threat for New Year’s Eve

The Washington Times Daily - - NATION - BY AN­DREA NOBLE

Se­cu­rity on New Year’s Eve in Times Square in New York City will in­clude bar­ri­cades com­pris­ing heavy-duty trucks to pro­tect the ex­pected 2 mil­lion rev­el­ers from ve­hi­cle at­tacks sim­i­lar to those car­ried out this year in Nice, France, and Berlin, Ger­many.

New York Po­lice Com­mis­sioner James O’Neill said Thurs­day that author­i­ties have no di­rect con­cerns re­lated to ter­ror­ism at­tacks tar­get­ing Times Square or New Year’s Eve in gen­eral, but noted that an ex­tra­or­di­nary num­ber of po­lice of­fi­cers will be de­ployed through­out the city.

“Peo­ple will be safe this New Year’s Eve be­cause we’re there, along with our law en­force­ment part­ners,” Com­mis­sioner O’Neil said dur­ing a press con­fer­ence Thurs­day morn­ing out­lin­ing se­cu­rity plans. “We will have one of the most well-po­liced, best-pro­tected events at one of the safest events in the en­tire world.”

Of­fi­cials said 65 trash trucks and sand trucks will be placed in strate­gic lo­ca­tions around the perime­ter of Times Square to pre­vent any ve­hi­cles from en­ter­ing ar­eas where pedes­tri­ans are gath­ered.

An­other 100 smaller ve­hi­cles also will be de­ployed as “blocker ve­hi­cles.”

In July 86 peo­ple were killed on Bastille Day in Nice af­ter a ter­ror­ist at­tacker drove a box truck into a large crowd of spec­ta­tors who had gath­ered to watch hol­i­day fire­works. A sim­i­lar attack was car­ried out at a Christ­mas mar­ket in Berlin on Dec. 19, with an at­tacker killing 12 peo­ple by driv­ing through the bustling mar­ket.

Last month a stu­dent at Ohio State Uni­ver­sity in­jured 11 peo­ple when he drove his car into a group of pedes­tri­ans on cam­pus and then slashed oth­ers with a knife.

The at­tacks have prompted author­i­ties across the coun­try to re-eval­u­ate the way they han­dle se­cu­rity at large-scale out­door events.

Over the holidays, se­cu­rity bar­ri­ers were erected out­side Christ­mas mar­kets in New York City, and heav­ily armed po­lice of­ten stood guard.

Author­i­ties in Pasadena, Cal­i­for­nia, are plan­ning to erect bar­ri­ers to close off 56 streets that con­nect to the route for the an­nual Tour­na­ment of Roses Pa­rade, be­ing held on Jan. 2, in or­der to pre­vent any ve­hi­cles at­tacks.

“We’re try­ing to take the speed out of the equa­tion,” Pasadena Po­lice Chief Phillip Sanchez told the Daily Breeze.

Author­i­ties in New York and Pasadena also are mon­i­tor­ing truck rentals ahead of the events to be on the alert for any sus­pi­cious ac­tiv­ity.

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