New York, New York—The New York City Police Department announced enhanced security measures for this year’s New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square. As in previous New Year’s Eve celebrations, the NYPD continually adjusts its security measures based on recent events. This year, the NYPD will be adding additional security to the outer perimeter of Times Square to ensure those waiting to enter screening areas will be protected from moving vehicles. Additionally, the NYPD and its law enforcement partners will be increasing the number of observation posts throughout Times Square in order to monitor elevated vantage points.
“This is going to be one of the most well-policed, best-protected events, at one of the safest venues in the entire world. And we’ll ensure that New York City has yet another safe and enjoyable New Year’s Eve celebration — as we do every year,” said NYPD Commissioner James P. O’Neill. “But as I’ve said many times before, public safety remains a shared responsibility. It requires our collective commitment. If you see something suspicious, alert a police officer, call 911 or report it by calling 888-NYC-SAFE.”
“This year is on track to be the safest on record thanks in large part to the men and women of the NYPD,” said Mayor Bill de Blasio. “We all know that the NYPD couldn’t do this alone. Countless community leaders and neighborhood organizations have contributed dramatically to making New York City the safest big city in America. Whether it’s protecting large-scale events like New Year’s Eve, or building on the everyday effectiveness of neighborhood policing, the NYPD is proving every day that it’s the greatest police force in the world.”
“Preparation for events such as this is an entirely cooperative effort. No one federal, state, or local agency can do it alone,” said FBI Assistant Director in Charge William Sweeney. “At the FBI, our personnel are working behind the scenes to monitor and investigate any threat information we receive. As always, we continue to rely on an engaged public to remain aware of their surroundings and report any suspicious activity to law enforcement.”
“FDNY members will be standing shoulder to shoulder with the NYPD to make certain 2018 begins safely for all New Yorkers,” said Fire Commissioner Daniel A. Nigro. “Our Firefighters, Paramedics, EMTs, and Fire Marshals will be stationed throughout Times Square—and all of the surrounding areas—ready to respond to any threats or medical emergencies that may arise.”
“The NYPD is doing everything possible to ensure the public is safe for the New Year’s Eve celebration, but we also want New Yorkers to take their personal safety seriously,” said NYC Emergency Management Commissioner Joseph Esposito. “With dangerously low temperatures and wind chills forecast to be near zero around midnight in Times Square, make sure you bundle up and wear layers with hats, scarfs and gloves to stay warm as you enjoy the New Year’s Eve festivities.”
As in years past, those attending the celebration in Times Square will be screened. Backpacks, large bags, and umbrellas are strictly prohibited. Alcoholic beverages are also prohibited and property may not be abandoned at checkpoints. Attendees who leave before the ball drops will not be able to regain entry to their original viewing area.
Beginning at 11 AM on Sunday, December 31st, 2017, West 37th Street through West 59th Street, 6th Avenue to 8th Avenue will be closed to vehicular traffic. A traffic advisory with a comprehensive list of street closures will be distributed later this week. Please note that certain truck routes have also changed.
Heavy traffic conditions are expected, and there will be rolling street closures in Manhattan, so mass transit is strongly encouraged. Remember: No large backpacks, lawn chairs, umbrellas or alcoholic beverages will be allowed. Anyone who sees suspicious activity should alert a police officer or call 911. The NYPD’s terrorism hotline is 888-NYC-SAFE.