Whereas stressing that no “energetic, credible or particular threats” have been acquired relating to tomorrow’s annual Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade, the NYPD mentioned at the moment that further counterterrorism officers and measures might be deployed in gentle of this week’s nightclub capturing in Colorado Springs and up to date on-line threats to the Jewish targets.
Throughout a press convention on the conventional balloon-inflations on New York’s Higher West Aspect, Mayor Eric Adams and NYPD officers outlined safety measures – with out stepping into particular numbers and particulars – that might be taken for Thursday morning’s vacation occasion. Officers anticipate greater than 3 million spectators to line the parade route in Manhattan.
The NYPD’s Chief of Counterterrorism Martine Materasso started her feedback by noting that whereas there is no such thing as a present energetic, credible or particular threats to New York Metropolis, this week’s capturing on the LGBTQ+ Membership Q nightclub in Colorado Springs and the latest arrests of two males in connection to threats towards a New York synagogue have prompted the division’s counterterrorism bureau to make use of “further assets to guarantee security.”
“Count on to see further counterterrorism officers [during the holiday season] at non secular nightlife areas, vacation markets, non secular establishments, buying facilities and the Rockefeller Middle tree,” Materasso mentioned.
Whereas each Materasso and Police Commissioner Keechant L. Sewell declined to offer particular numbers as to what number of officers could be on the parade – “there might be officers you see and officers you don’t see,” mentioned Sewell – Materasso offered what was some slightly grim data at what was an in any other case upbeat occasion.
“We’ll deploy,” she mentioned, “a full cadre of counterterroism property together with however not restricted to heavy weapons groups, explosive detection canines, our bomb squad, radiological and chemical sensors, countersurveillance groups, drone detection and mitigation, sand vehicles and blocker autos, and extra cameras” alongside the parade route.
Watch video of the presser beneath, with safety data coming across the 11:00 mark.
The officers mentioned they anticipate no hostile climate circumstances or winds that might affect the parade.
The 2022 Macy’s Thanksgiving Day Parade kicks off tomorrow at 8:45 a.m. ET and might be broadcast on NBC and stream on Peacock from 9 a.m. to midday in all time zones.