New Year’s Eve in Times Square Security Increased After Terrorist Attacks and New Threats

December 31, 2015 – NYC

By APB News Staff Writer

The ball is now hoisted high, the confetti is set up and extra security was on guard Thursday night for a grand time in Times Square on New Year’s Eve.

With more than 1 million revelers expected to be in the heart of Times Square, so will be thousands of NYPD, State and Federal Agents as well.

The party will began with musical acts, including Charlie Puth, Demi Lovato and Carrie Underwood, and end with fireworks and the descent of a glittering Waterford crystal ball from a rooftop flagpole.

After a test run Wednesday, the nearly 12,000-pound ball was sparkling at wait.

Thousands had already claimed their spots by the midday hours, with many lining up for a good view of the big stage.

The NYPD will have its work cut out for them dealing with the massive crowds being kept in pens until the giant Waterford crystal ball on top of 1 Times Square drops at midnight.

Some 6,000 police officers will be on hand, including a new counterterrorism team and bomb sniffing dogs. Everyone will have to to go through layers of security and be checked with hand held magnetometers.

Meanwhile, the new NYPD operations center in downtown Manhattan is monitoring hundreds of camera feeds – Officers on site will have powerful guns, radiation detectors and bomb sniffing dogs, but there was also a lot of security that won’t be seen.