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Las Vegas New Year's Eve Security Includes FBI, Snipers, Spotters

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Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo (Steve Marcus/Las Vegas Sun via AP)

By    |   Sunday, 31 December 2017 07:48 PM

Las Vegas New Year's Eve security has been stepped up and will include snipers and spotters, assisted by the FBI, to prevent what happened when a gunman opened fire on a concert in October, killing more than four dozen people, the Las Vegas Review-Journal reported.

The FBI announced it was bringing in roughly 100 people to work "specialty positions," the Review-Journal said, and the federal government will provide additional intelligence personnel.

Authorities told the newspaper that officers will be monitoring the Las Vegas Strip and downtown when more than 330,000 people are expected to travel to the city for New Year's celebrations.

Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said authorities have doubled the number of quick response teams on the Strip this year.

Lombardo told the Review-Journal that more than 1,500 Metro officers will be on duty in the Las Vegas Valley over the long holiday weekend. More than 300 Nevada National Guard troops also will be placed at spots on the Las Vegas Strip, downtown and at McCarran International Airport.

Lombardo said the special attention comes as Las Vegas's New Year's Eve celebration was designated Special Event Assessment Rating 1, meaning it has the highest national significance, attendance, and economic impact, KTNV-TV reported.

The Review-Journal wrote that the designation is made by the Department of Homeland Security, with level 1 being reserved for some of the nation's largest events, such as the Super Bowl.

KTNV-TV reported that some 4,200 barricades will be placed around Las Vegas for the New Year's Eve celebration and items like glass bottles, large bags, strollers, backpacks, and coolers will be prohibited in celebration areas.

"I'm confident every available resource is being used to make sure this New Year's Eve will be safe," Lombardo told reporters on Wednesday.

Stephen Paddock fired on concertgoers attending the Route 91 Harvest Festival from the 32nd floor of the Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino in October in a shooting rampage that was called the deadliest in modern U.S. history, CNN reported. Besides 58 people killed, more than 500 were wounded.

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