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Thursday, December 31, 2015

New Years Eve Times Square




My family and I had the privilege of being apart of the festivities at New Years Eve Times Square last year.  My admiration for the NYPD grew as I saw how much preparation came before the big event.
About one million people come to see the Waterford crystal ball drop.  Party goers are screened with hand held metal detectors twice once they enter pens where they must stay.  There are fourteen access points to enter the celebration.Thousands of officers won't be celebrating New Years Eve with their family because they will help with security.  They perform their job without complaining.

"Leave the worrying to the NYPD," said James O'Neill, chief of the department.  "People should feel safest this New Year's Eve because we're there."

The bomb squad will sweep hotels, theaters, construction sites and parking garages.  They also will patrol the subway station.  They will rely on a network of thousands of security cameras blanketing lower Manhattan.  
Carrie Underwood, Luke Bryan, Wiz Khalifa, Demi Lovato and Charlie Puth will be among the musical guests to perform this year.
Security Officers will be on horses to maintain the crowds.
Sanitation crews will come after the show to clean up from 2016 celebration.  They will get rid of 50 tons of garbage including confetti, party hats and other leftovers from the party goers.
Thank you New York Police for keeping everyone safe.

2 comments:

Carolyn Watson-Dubisch said...

I guess things are a lot different now than when I went to Times Square for NYE back in 1992. I lived down the street and showed up with some friends. We were surrounded by about 100 drunk people who threw bottles in the air around midnight. It was really freaky. I don't remember the NYPD being there, but we were super cold so we headed out.

When I lived in NYC we knew better than to approach the NYPD ever. They are not happy, helpful police officers like from your home town. They are to be avoided, keep your head down, move it along, etc. Maybe they have changed.... But I doubt it.

Sandra Kent said...

The police's job is to keep everyone safe and they did it again this New Year's Eve!