LAS VEGAS — In just 3 days, the New Year’s Eve countdown will take place in Sin City, millions of visitors are expected to hit the Las Vegas Strip to ring in what is called America’s Party.
In light of October’s mass shooting on the strip, authorities expect a decline in attendance this year’s celebration.
“It’s obviously America’s NYE party, it is important to know what we need the mitigating factors to inform everyones safety and everybody enjoys the celebration,” said Joe Lombardo, Clark County sheriff.
Sheriff Lombardo says local law enforcement is working closely with the homeland security department, and had raised Las Vegas’ New Year’s Eve celebration to the highest security level of level 1. In the past, security was at level 3.
More than 1,500 police officers will be deployed for a 3 day window — this includes snipers with spotters, extra air support, more medical equipment and personnel, and a mobile command post staffed by federal authorities.
“We will have intelligence personnel provided by the federal government to partner with our current intelligence personnel and they will provide and analyze all information getting from social media that could benefits on the troops on the ground.”
Even with the boost in security, some Fil-Ams in the valley are ditching the traditional new years eve countdown on the Vegas Strip this year.
“Maraming plans maraming invitations, most probably we will be at the orleans medyo malayo sa strip mismo malayo layo,” said Gloria Papin. “Medyo nakakatakot sa mga nangyayari ngayon pero wag tayong matatakot — we live day by day so kung ano man ang mangyayari ay dapat nating harapin.”
Last year, there were 18 arrests on the strip, most of which were minor in nature were disorderly conduct. Two arrests occured at Fremont Street.
LVMPD continues to encourage party goers to be aware of its “See Something Say Something” campaign, and to report any suspicious activity by calling 702-828-8386.