Following a foreign intelligence report that terrorist attacks are imminent in the United States during New Year’s Eve celebrations in Los Angeles, New York, and Washington on Thursday, federal and local security officials are mounting the tightest security ever in US history at these states - CBS Los Angeles reported.
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Although there is no specific known threat, the US Department of Homeland Security will be deploying at least 6,000 security agents primarily on Rose Parade, Rose Bowl, and Times Square while city officials have also been asked to be on high alert against security breaches - the Manila Bulletin adds.
Considering the fact that about 1 million people are expected to witness the New Year’s Eve ball drops at Times Square, with over 700,000 spectators expected to be at Rose Parade and Rose Bowl, Homeland Security is deploying the largest security team and technology ever seen in US history to prevent any untoward terror from happening.
To this extent, over 6,000 police officers will be deployed around Times Square in New York, with several bomb squads and canine units, air and water patrol agents, and hundreds of rooftop snipers placed in position to provide tight security.
In Los Angeles, law enforcement officers will bear heavier weapons, bomb-detecting dogs will be on hand sniffing around, radiation detectors will be mounted, and SWAT teams will be prominent among other security outfits.
“It’s unprecedented in the amount of security,” said Mark Selby, Deputy Special Agent in Charge of Homeland Security in Southern California. “There’s never been a time that there had been more law enforcement personnel seen and unseen. And there’s never been a time that there’s been more technology deployed in order to make it a more secure set of event.”
The Grand Park in Downtown Los Angeles will also come under heavy security as over 50,000 people gather on New Year’s Eve to celebrate living on the West Coast with music, food, and 3D digital projection among others.
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“We’re deploying officers on the perimeter,” said Capt. Don Graham of the LAPD. “We’re deploying consistent patrols inside of the location. We have observation points. We’ll be utilizing technology such as stationary cameras. Just want everybody to have a safe and happy new year.”