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The NYPD Is Stepping Up Security For Times Square's NYE Celebration

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The NYPD Is Stepping Up Security For Times Square's NYE Celebration
New York City's expecting almost 2 million people to ring in the new year in Times Square.
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The NYPD is preparing for a busy New Year's Eve. It announced a Times Square security plan on Friday that includes deploying extra officers and bomb-sniffing dogs to help monitor the festivities.

With New York City expecting up to 2 million people to turn out for the New Year's celebration, the department says it's taking a series of steps to combat the possibility of crime or terrorism. Those include welding manhole covers shut and putting officers in hotels that surround Times Square.

And in a first for the department, the NYPD will also be using a drone to help keep watch over the event. Counter-drone measures are expected to be provided by the FBI Joint Terrorism Task Force.

New York City Mayor Bill de Blasio said in a tweet after the NYPD's announcement that "there is no credible, specific threat on Times Square this New Year's Eve."