NYPD Prepares to Protect the Crossroads of the World on New Year's Eve
Security is getting tighter than ever before in Times Square as authorities prepare for New Year’s Eve in the wake of terrorist attacks in Paris and San Bernardino.
As many as 6,000 police officers, many of which will be assisted by bomb-sniffing dogs, will patrol the Crossroads of the World. All revelers will be packed into 65 special pens and will be searched for weapons.
A new 500-member counter-terrorism force, which has been training in the New York subway, has also been mobilized for the big night.
Video from thousands of surveillance cameras will be monitored in a special operations center as NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton promised “New Year’s Eve in New York City will be the safest place in the world to be.”
There will also be unprecedented security at the annual Rose Parade in Pasadena, California, just 50 miles from the scene of the San Bernardino massacre, as one dozen counter terrorism units will guard the five and a half mile route.
Carson Daly, who is hosting NBC’s New Year’s special, said: “I was there for Y2K, right after 9/11; I guarantee the law enforcement in this city, Times Square will be the safest place to be.”
As the world will have their eyes on the ball drop in Times Square, rehearsals are currently underway so nothing goes wrong for the big moment.
Even the confetti has been tested to see that it rains down on revelers in just the right way.
Jenny McCarthy, who is co-hosting New Year’s Rockin’ Eve with Ryan Seacrest, told INSIDE EDITION the ball drop isn't the night's only big moment.
“Taylor Swift is premiering her latest music video; it's so secretive that I wasn't even allowed to see it,” she said.