NEW YORK, U.S. - With both the American presidential candidates planning to watch the election day unfold in New York on Tuesday, the city will be covered under a blanket of security ...
• NYPD will work with U.S. Secret Service to protect the candidates
• Trump, Clinton to watch election progress from the city
• Unconfirmed threats from al Qaeda, ISIS keep NYPD on high alert
NEW YORK, U.S. - With both the American presidential candidates planning to watch the election day unfold in New York on Tuesday, the city will be covered under a blanket of security cover.
Over 5,000 police officers are to be deployed across the city - prompting the largest Election Day deployment in 70 years.
This is the first time such a massive deployment is being made for candidates contesting for the White House, considering that both Hillary Clinton and Donald Trump call New York their home.
The New York City Police Department (NYPD) officials confirmed that the city will have extensive street closures in place, around the area where the next president would be declared.
The extra security measures have also been placed ahead of suspicions of a violent clash breaking out between the Clinton and Trump supporters, following the result.
“This is by far the largest election detail that the NYPD has ever had,” NYPD Chief of Department, Carlos Gomez asserted.
Further, Mayor Bill de Blasio said, “We know that the eyes of the world will be on New York City. We have an obligation, not only to the people in the city but to this country, to make sure that tomorrow, all through the day and particularly tomorrow night, go smoothly and goes well.”
While Clinton’s campaign will be based at the Jacob K Javits Convention Center, Trump will be at the New York Hilton Midtown on Tuesday night. NYPD will station uniformed officers armed with automatic weapons and explosives-detection equipment, across Manhattan and the city’s 1,205 polling stations.
NYPD also confirmed that all of the city’s bomb-sniffing police dogs as well as special roving teams of officers will be deployed at crucial locations. In addition to NYPD’s security layers, U.S. Secret Service will also work with the state police department along with NYPD’s counterterrorism units, in light of threats received from extremist groups.
Last week, the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) warned the law enforcement departments in New York, Virginia and Texas that they received unconfirmed threats of an al Qaeda terrorist attack on Election Day. Soon after, ISIS too instigated its supporters to launch an attack in the region, claiming that the group wanted to smash ballot boxes and slaughter American voters.
Although, the threat was general in nature, the authorities did not want to take any chances and cautioned the respective states.
NYPD’s Chief of Counterterrorism, James Waters said on Monday that officials were investigating the source of the threat information to determine its credibility.
New York’s Emergency management department would also be on high alert and will work closely with the state police teams.
Nancy Silvestri, New York City Emergency Management Press Secretary said, “The NYC Emergency Management Department is working closely with our partners to monitor Election Day events across the City. On Tuesday, the agency will activate the Situation Room at NYC Emergency Management headquarters to monitor events and manage emergency incidents with staff from City agencies and other partner organizations.”
New York, being one of the most busiest cities across the U.S. always faces threats ahead of any big event.
But with the current elections, authorities fear the worst, given Trump’s long standing accusation of it being a rigged election.