Hundreds of Thousands Expected to Safely Gather in Times Square to Ring in 2019
The New York Police Department has announced security measures for the annual New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.
Mayor Bill de Blasio and Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill were joined by other top officials at the announcement, which was held at NASDAQ.
The New York Police Department continues to maintain a robust overlay of police officers to ensure the safety of the celebrators.
(The New York Police Department will be using drones in Times Square as part of its security plan for the first time. Courtesy of ABC News and YouTube. Posted on Dec 30, 2018.)
“The NYPD routinely does a great job of planning and securing large-scale events around New York City,” Police Commissioner James P. O’Neill said.
“Simply put, this is what we do — and New Year’s Eve, when the eyes of the world are on us, is certainly no exception.”
“Nothing in our profession is done alone, however, and our members work hand-in-hand with our law-enforcement partners — including the FBI, the New York State Police, the MTA Police, and many others — all throughout the year in preparation.”
“This unrivaled collaboration allows us to carry out our shared mission of delivering the safest and most enjoyable event possible, up to and through the ball-drop in Times Square.”
Summing up (in 6 min.) how @NYPDnews, @nyspolice, @FBINewYork & so many more of our partners fight crime & keep people safe on a daily basis in #NYC. Looking forward to a great #NewYearsEve🎊 in @TimesSquareNYC on Monday. Have fun, & stay safe & alert.
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— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) December 29, 2018
“New Yorkers have much to be thankful for and celebrate this year,” added Mayor Bill de Blasio.
“We’re on track to becoming yet again the safest big city in our nation thanks to the women and men in blue who defend and protect our city every day.”
“Our officers are fostering connections with community leaders and neighborhood organizations to build on our neighborhood policing progress and make New York City not just safest, but fairest big city in America.”
(Ringing in the New Year in Times Square? Chief of Counterterrorism James Waters explains what you can expect and how the NYPD is taking precautions to ensure that Sunday’s celebration in Times Square is safe. Courtesy of the NYPD and YouTube.)
As in years past, those attending the celebration in Times Square will be screened.
Backpacks, large bags, umbrellas, and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited. Property may not be left checkpoints. At approximately 11 a.m., attendees will be directed by police officers to gather in separate viewing pens.
As the pens get populated, the entertainment from 43rd Street between Sixth and Eighth Avenues will continue to move north up to Central Park, due to the ball drop from the southern end.
We’re going to have another great #NewYearsEve in #NYC. My thanks to all the #NYPD cops who are out there working every holiday, all year long — plus our great partners @FBINewYork & @SecretService who, despite the #GovernmentShutdown, will again be side by side with us tonight. https://t.co/Y3mxY0dHBV
— Commissioner O’Neill (@NYPDONeill) December 31, 2018
Please note, attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to regain entry to their original viewing area.
Beginning at 4 a.m. on Monday, December 31st, 2018, Times Square will be closed to vehicular traffic. People should avoid all cross-town streets from 34th to 59th Streets, as well as Sixth and Eighth Avenues.
Mass transit is strongly encouraged due to expected heavy traffic delays and parking restrictions. Remember, large backpacks, lawn chairs, umbrellas and alcoholic beverages are strictly prohibited.
Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911.
The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.
(More than a million people gathered in Times Square on New Year’s Eve to celebrate the end of 2015, and to welcome in the New Year. Among them were over 6,000 member of the NYPD who were there to keep everyone safe. Courtesy of the NYPD and YouTUbe. Posted on Jan 8, 2016.)