For the first time, the New York Police Department was going to use a drone to watch over the crowd in Times Square on New Year’s Eve. Then it rained.
Hours before the ball was set to drop on the most famous celebration for New Year’s Eve, NYPD officials decided against launching the drone due to the poor weather conditions.
Chief of Department for the New York City Police Terence Monahan announced that due to the wind and rain tonight and poor weather the NYPD drones will not be launched into the air. This was announced on Twitter.
The drone was not going to fly directly above the spectators waiting for the ball to drop for safety reasons.
Security for the New Years Eve celebration has continued to evolve and expand recently. More than 7,000 police officers will be monitoring Times Square. Counterterrorism teams with bomb-sniffing dogs and guns will be present. Sanitation trucks filled with sand and police cars will be lined up as barriers.
Plainclothes police officers will mingle with the New Years Eve crowd the entire evening; security will scan and be placed on rooftops. Manhole covers will be closed and sealed and radiation detectors will monitor the sight.
Hotels around Times Square this year will have detectives monitor them. The reason for this is to stop an attack from happening like the one that happened in 2017 in Las Vegas. A gunman from a hotel room to shoot people attending a country music concert.
Police Commissioner James O’Neil stated that authorities will screen all the attendees who are at Times Square with metal detectors. Large bags, backpacks, and umbrellas will not be permitted. The NYPD will be in charge of security and coordinate it with the FBI, Mass Transit Authority Police, and New York State Police
Authorities will also screen all New Year’s Eve attendees through metal detectors and not allow backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas. NYPD will work security alongside the FBI, the New York State Police and the Mass Transit Authority Police.
The remote-controlled quadcopter drone was to be used as another precaution to help with visual surveillance. There will be more than 1,200 cameras and feeds from the police helicopters circling the crowd and they will be tracking the party goers.
O’Neil stated that at the New Year’s Eve Ball Drop there are no credible threats or known threats to the city. He also stated that the people in the crowd should feel safe and secure. Police will be everywhere and if you see something that does not seem right you can go to the officer directly for help.
The temperature at Times Square is to be in the upper 40’s but there will be rain and high winds.
The Times Square New Year’s Eve Ball is 12-food in diameter and is covered with 2,688 triangles made up of Waterford Crystal. It will have 32,246 LED Lights that will light up. At midnight, the new year ‘2019’ will light up and there will be 3,000 pounds of confetti. Pyrotechnics will also light up the sky.
Partygoers started to arrive at Times Square on Monday morning to get a good spot.
Written By Barbara Sobel
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