Protecting New Year’s Eve

(WTNH / Josh Scheinblum)

HARTFORD, Conn. (WTNH) — Crews clear the snow preparing the Bushnell Ice Rink for New Year’s Eve.

Nichole Glander of Hartford First Night says there will be more than 40 live performances two fireworks shows, in a family friendly environment. “A lot of activity between 10 and 20,000 people come down throughout the day.”

Police are also preparing after the terrorists attacks in Paris and San Bernardino. Hartford Deputy Chief Brian Foley says the police department will be out in force monitoring, “What you will see downtown is a heavy uniform presents but they’re also be a covert presence there as well.” And to keep relievers safe, Dep. Chief Foley says they are dialed into the latest nationwide intelligence briefings. “We have detectives assigned to the FBI, the Joint Terrorism Task Force, Homeland Security, we have these detectives embedded on a full-time basis so we have constant communication with our federal partners as well as our state partners.”

While Hartford police and state police are keeping an eye an any potential terror threats, New York officials are doing the same. New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton called a news conference announcing they are tightening up the layers of security at Times Square for when the ball drop.

“We are not aware of any threat at this time that we deem credible and we have a constant threat analysis stream that we are constantly reviewing,” said Commissioner Bratton.

New York Mayor Bill de Blasio says Times Square on New Year’s Eve is about being with the ones you love, ISIS has changed the threat picture by hitting soft targets and New York City has evolved with it, adding more officers trained in counter-intelligence.

“There was concern before the tree lighting ceremony in Rockefeller Center same thing we beefed up NYPD presence it went very smoothly and we are going to do the same thing here.”

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