An army of heavily armed cops — backed by radiation detectors and bomb-sniffing dogs — will blanket Times Square as part of an extraordinary security pose on New Year’s Eve, officials said Tuesday.
More than 6,000 uniformed officers will patrol the Crossroads of the World, including more than 500 members of the NYPD’s new anti-terror force.
“Well trained, well armed, prepared for any eventuality,” Mayor de Blasio said in a security briefing at the Nasdaq building in Times Square.
“It’s going to make a big difference.”
Roughly 1 million revelers are expected to fill Times Square for a first-hand glimpse of the countdown to midnight and the famed ball drop.
As in previous years, no backpacks or booze will be allowed into the spectator pens.
NYPD Chief of Department James O’Neill stressed “there is no threat that we deem credible for any New York event.”
“Leave the worrying to the NYPD,” O’Neill added. “People should feel safe this New Year’s Eve because we’re there.”