Thanksgiving Parade Security

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NYPD Stepping Up Security Ahead Of Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade

November 20, 2018 - 1:46 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) — The annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade is just days away and the NYPD says it’s prepared for anything.

“I can tell you there are no credible threats to any New York City Thanksgiving related events specifically, or to our city itself in general,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill.

Still, the department is not taking any chances and, according to Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison, there will be a large police presence at the annual parade down Sixth Avenue.

“We're gonna have thousands of police officers out there, we’re gonna have blocker cars and sand trucks as well,” Harrison explained.

The NYPD Counterterrorism Division will also be on patrol throughout the city.

“You'll see the heavy weapons teams deployed strategically along the route, radiation detection pagers with the counter terrorism personnel there to monitor the air. There’ll be, from the intelligence bureau, response teams spread out through Manhattan,” said deputy commissioner for Intelligence and Counterterrorism John Miller.

Miller urged the public: “If you see something, say something.”

The NYPD also issued a reminder that flying a drone over a crowd in New York City amounts to reckless endangerment. If you come to the Thanksgiving parade with a drone, you most likely won’t be going home with it.