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After spate of attacks, NYPD prepares biggest security detail ever for Times Square New Year's Eve

The New York City Police Department is preparing for every threat ahead of the annual New Year's Eve celebration in Times Square, The Associated Press reports. The event — which The New York Times writes drew 2 million revelers last year — is getting "a bigger security detail than ever before" following a number of recent terrorist attacks in the city, including an Islamic State-inspired attacker who killed eight people on a bike path in October and a man who injured three people by detonating a bomb in the city's subway earlier this month.

Ahead of the celebration, police are clearing and closing all 125 parking garages in the vicinity to protect against car bombs, and are preparing rooftop observation and counter-sniper teams. "There are no direct credible threats to New York City, to Times Square specifically, or to any of our New Year's Eve events generally," said police commissioner James P. O'Neill, crediting the preparations to "an abundance of caution."