There will be more than 5,000 police officers stationed around New York City today, Election Day 2016.
Both presidential candidates plan to watch Tuesday night’s election returns in the city, prompting the largest Election Day deployment in its’ history officials declared Monday according to Reuters.
There will be extensive street closures in the neighborhoods where Republican Donald Trump and Democrat Hillary Clinton plan to watch returns come in, and likely declare victory before supporters.
“We know that the eyes of the world will be on New York City,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told a news conference on Monday. “We have an obligation, not only to the people in the city but to this country, to make sure that tomorrow, all through the day and particularly tomorrow night, go smoothly and goes well.”
Federal authorities announced general threats of attack by al Qaeda on New York City, Texas, and Virginia around Election Day.
Tuesday will be the first time that both major party candidates have spent the suspenseful day in New York City since 1944, when New York state’s Republican governor, Thomas Dewey, tried to unseat Democrat and New Yorker Franklin Roosevelt, who went on to win an unprecedented fourth term in office.
NYPD said they plan to have some personnel deployed with automatic weapons, explosives-detection equipment, and bomb-sniffing K9’s across Manhattan and the city’s 1,205 polling stations.
Naturally, Trump and Clinton will also be protected by the U.S. Secret Service, which has provided security for both candidates during the presidential campaign and will work with the city police department on Tuesday.
“This is by far the largest election detail that the NYPD has ever had,” said Carlos Gomez, the chief of department. “It’s comparable to the detail size we have here on New Year’s Eve and last year when Pope Francis visited.”