Halloween Parade Security

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NYPD Steps Up Security For Village Halloween Parade

October 30, 2018 - 4:00 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – The annual Village Halloween Parade is set to hit the streets of Manhattan Wednesday and the NYPD is already stepping up security.

It was Halloween 2017 when a terrorist rented a truck and drove into a bike path on the West Side Highway, killing eight people. Though, the parade in the East Village still went on.

“As a police department and as a city we learned that while we were greatly saddened we will never be deterred,” Police Commissioner Jim O’Neill said.

This year, the NYPD will place have more plainclothes officers than uniformed than in the past.

Chief of Patrol Rodney Harrison said they will also deploy “out critical response command, our strategic response group, K-9, aviation as well as ESU units.”

The Police Department stressed that there were no credible specific threats.

This year marks the 45th anniversary of the Village Halloween Parade. An estimated 50,000 marches are expected to take part in the event.

The parade begins on Sixth Avenue at Spring Street and will stretch to 16th Street.