NYPD unveils unprecedented security for New Year's Eve

New York New Year's Eve fireworks

Added measures include extra sniper teams and Vapor Wake dogs - a new breed of bomb-sniffing dogs trained to pick up the moving scent of explosives.

To avert a Las Vegas-style sniper shooting from above, NYPD officers are being assigned to every hotel in the Times Square area, and O'Neill hinted that the guest rosters are being scrutinized, but declined to elaborate.

The most recent of the attacks in NY occurred 17 days ago, when police said a Bangladeshi man set off a homemade pipe bomb strapped to his body in an underground walkway in the subway station below Times Square, wounding himself and two bystanders.

This, as NY officials estimate some six million visitors are spending holiday time in the city.

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The theme of this year's ball is said to be the 'gift of serenity'.

About a month earlier, eight people were killed in a truck attack on the West Side Highway.

Monahan, the NYPD's patrol chief, said that beginning at 11 a.m. Sunday, crosstown traffic would be shut from 37th to 59th streets and Sixth to Eighth avenues, and the area will be sealed off with concrete barriers, blocker cars and sand trucks.

Three months after Las Vegas suffered the deadliest mass shooting in modern USA history, the city's New Year's Eve party has been designated a "SEAR 1" security event by the Department of Homeland Security.

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From there, people go through a second round of security screening when they enter spectator pens where they are essentially confined for the night.

Those who make it through will get to see live performances from Andy Grammer, Nick Jonas and Mariah Carey. As a public event at the Times Square, the New Year's festivities and ball drop are broadcast on television to be watched worldwide.

In addition to the officers at the scene, dozens of analysts will be combing Islamic State propaganda and deciphering data. NYC is expecting one of its coldest New Year's Eves ever - so dress WARM.

"The takeaway from our preparations is this: People will be safe, and they should feel safe, too", O'Neill said.

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