Garbage trucks will line Times Square to fend off New Year’s Eve terror threats

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By Jennifer Fermino and Larry McShane, nydailynews.com

Dozens of garbage trucks around Times Square this New Year’s Eve won’t be collecting leftover confetti.

Sixty-five strategically placed sanitation vehicles will instead augment the law enforcement presence in the Crossroads of the World this weekend, officials announced at a Thursday news conference.

The sand-filled 16-ton trucks will serve as bomb barriers to prevent access to the streets around the massive Midtown celebration and its anticipated 2 million revelers.

“Everybody knows that the eyes of the world are upon Times Square,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill, who will mark his first New Year’s Eve as the city’s top cop.

“At this time, we have no direct concerns related to security,” he added — although the NYPD will give special attention to the city’s houses of worship.

The garbage truck blockade was first used at this year’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, which came four months after a truck-driving terrorist killed 84 people by plowing through a Bastille Day crowd in Nice, France.

Earlier this month, a Berlin truck attack killed a dozen people and wounded dozens more when a terrorist mowed down shoppers at a crowded Christmas market.

Authorities also announced an additional 2,000 officers will be added to the 6,000 on duty last year.

The NYPD will be assisted by federal law enforcement in their efforts, and a joint operation center will run out of One Police Plaza.

Read more at http://www.nydailynews.com/new-york/manhattan/garbage-trucks-line-times-square-thwart-new-year-terror-article-1.2927859

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