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NYPD Commissioner Says Police Are Ready For Fourth Of July Crowds

July 02, 2019 - 6:24 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The NYPD says its prepared for the onslaught of crowds expected to flood New York City during the Fourth of July weekend.

Police Commissioner James O’Neill is telling residents to have fun but stay vigilant during the weekend, noting that police will be stepping up patrols for the upcoming holiday.

“We have so many large events throughout the year, we'll be ready and everybody come on down it will be a great show,” O’Neill said.

While a show of fireworks goes off in the sky, there will be a show of force of the ground, according to Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison.

He says there will be thousands of uniformed and plainclothes officers out and about.

“The critical response command is going to have heavy weapon teams, K-9, bomb squad and drone teams,” he said.

Authorities say all bags brought into viewing areas will be searched. Harrison notes viewers will not be allowed to bring in many items that are typically associated with firework viewing.

“No large coolers. No lawn chairs. No blankets. No umbrellas,” he noted.

The fireworks are set to launch at about 9:25 p.m. Thursday evening.

The four barges have been moved a bit south this year in the East River between Battery Park and the Brooklyn Bridge.