New York city plans largest-ever election day police presence
Baku, Azerbaijan, Nov. 8
Both U.S. presidential candidates plan to watch Tuesday night's election returns in New York, prompting the city to stage the largest Election Day police deployment in its history, Reuters reported citing officials.
More than 5,000 police officers will be stationed around the United States' largest city, and there will be extensive street closures in the neighborhoods where Democrat Hillary Clinton and Republican Donald Trump plan to watch returns come in - and where one will likely declare victory before hundreds of cheering supporters.
The New York City Police Department plans to station uniformed officers, including some with automatic weapons and explosives-detection equipment, across Manhattan and the city's 1,205 polling stations. All of the city's bomb-sniffing police dogs will be deployed, as well as special roving teams of officers, police said.
The candidates 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."