The Wall Street Journal: Tight security planned for Times Square New Year’s Eve celebration

Those braving frigid weather to enjoy the New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square can expect additional bomb-sniffing dogs, police snipers and patrol officers in the wake of recent terrorist attacks in New York City, police officials said Thursday.

Commissioner James O’Neill said the New York Police Department analyzed recent attacks in the city, including a truck assault that killed eight in October and the botched suicide bombing in the Port Authority Bus Terminal this month, as well as other attacks worldwide, while planning security for the festivities.

There is no specific or credible terrorist threat against the city but NYPD Chief of Counterterrorism James Waters said Islamic State released videos recently showing images of New York City and Cardinal Timothy Dolan.

Heavy-weapon squads, bomb-sniffing dogs, and FBI personnel will be stationed throughout the Times Square area, Chief of Patrol Terence Monahan said. Officers will be working with the staff of area hotels to prevent attacks, he said.

An expanded version of this report appears on WSJ.com.

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