Police preparing stepped-up security plan for New Year's Eve on the Las Vegas Strip
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
New Year’s Eve in Las Vegas will also be the eve of the day marking three months since the Oct. 1 Route 91 concert shooting.
Federal, state, and local police are devising a stepped up security plan for the four-mile stretch of the Strip, that will be filled with an estimated 300,000 partygoers.
“We cannot be defined by the craziness of the few in this world,” says Mayor Carolyn Goodman.
The Strip closes to vehicles the evening of Dec. 24, allowing people to walk Las Vegas Boulevard.
“We deploy foot patrols in the center median, along with police officers, and we manage the crowd as needed,” says Clark County Fire Chief Greg Cassell.
In addition to assistance from the Department of Homeland Security, 400 Nevada National Guard soldiers will mix in with local police.
“The resources of Metro, and the resources of our law enforcement—all of the intelligence that we have, and Homeland Security assets, are going to be used to make sure people are safe,” says Nevada’s Lt. Gov. Mark Hutchison.
The Strip is cleared of people and reopens to vehicles shortly after the 8-minute, 18-second fireworks show at midnight.