New Year's Eve Security
POSTED: Tuesday, December 29, 2009 - 4:29pm
UPDATED: Wednesday, February 17, 2010 - 3:25pm
Authorities ramping up security for the massive Times Square celebration on New Year's Eve...
The recent attempted airline bombing in Detroit has all of the U.S. on alert for possible terror attacks.
In New York City, last minute preparations are underway for the annual ball drop.
The test run on the confetti drop is complete, the crystal ball is ready for its close up, and security is ramping up in the city that has been on high alert since 9/11.
NYC Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said "we assume here that New York is the number one terrorist target in America and we've assumed that since this administration came in in January 2002."
New York City's police commissioner says while there are no specific threats against New York City, police are taking every precaution on New Year's Eve, one of the most challenging nights for the counter-terrorism task force.
Kelly said “it will be a full fledged deployment of resources. Each year we try to change it so it is not predictable.”
NYPD will keep a bird's eye view on crowds, using surveillance cameras placed throughout the city, and with sniper teams in place in Times Square.
Like in previous years, revelers will not be allowed to bring backpacks into the ball drop zone and NYPD officers will be out in force, in uniform and undercover.
The city will also use radiation and biological detection to search for devices and explosives.
New York City's mayor says residents and revelers should feel safe.
Mayor Michael Bloomberg said “I will be in Times Square with most of my family. I think it is a safe place.”
Ushering in a new decade under tight security.