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Kerik: NYPD Has New Year's Eve Bash in Times Square Covered

(Newsmax TV's "America Talks Live")

By    |   Wednesday, 27 December 2017 05:02 PM

Revelers flocking to New York City's Times Square this weekend to usher in the New Year can rest assured every precaution against terrorism that is humanly possible is being taken, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV.

"First and foremost, people should know that there's no specific threats against New York City," Kerik said Wednesday to guest host Ric Blackwell on Newsmax's "America Talks Live."

"There is a credible threat against the country in general by ISIS, al-Qaida, and these radical Islamic groups, that is credible. They tell us constantly they're coming, they want to do damage, they want to do harm, they want to cause death and destruction. We get that.

"But people should know in New York City, especially on New Year's Eve, we have more resources than any municipal police department in the world. We're going to be out there in full force. The [New York City] police department is the best when it comes to handling these types of situations."

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An estimated 1 million people cram Times Square every year to watch the famous New Year's Eve Ball descend from atop One Times Square and be entertained by top pop stars. More than 1 billion people watch the festivities on TV.

Kerik, an anti-terrorism expert who served as interim minister of the interior of Iraq, urged those coming into Manhattan to be party of the world's largest New Year's Eve bash to closely follow the instructions of the NYPD to be safe.

"Make sure you pay attention to what you can and cannot do, can and cannot bring. The cops will be out there looking for suspicious activity, they'll be looking for people that don't belong," Kerik told Blackwell.

"And most importantly the general public, if you see something that's questionable, that scares you, that concerns you, notify the authorities and let them look at it."

People begin gathering in the Times Square area in the late afternoon of New Year's Eve. This year, revelers should take extra care in dressing warmly as temperatures are expected to be extremely frigid, with the mercury climbing no higher than 22 degrees and plunging as low as 10 degrees.

Kerik is the author of "From Jailer to Jailed: My Journey from Correction and Police Commissioner to Inmate #84888-054," published by Threshold Editions, and of the upcoming police thriller "The Grave Above the Grave," to be published by Humanix Books in May.

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New York City should have the utmost confidence the New Year's Eve Bash in Times Square is protected and under a watchful eye of the NYPD, former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik told Newsmax TV.
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