Las Vegas will see increase in officers on duty during New Year's Eve
December 29, 2017 9:32 AM
by Robert Mann
In Las Vegas, a significantly increased number of public safety officers will be on duty to assist in a safe New Year’s Eve celebration.
Tens of thousands of revelers are expected on the Las Vegas Strip to ring in 2018. The Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department has announced that it will have every officer working Sunday, while the Nevada National Guard is activating about 350 soldiers and airmen. State lawmakers earlier this month approved a three-fold increase in the state funding for the event’s security measures. The federal government is also sending dozens of personnel to assist with intelligence and other efforts.
Clark County Sheriff Joe Lombardo said during a news conference Wednesday, “I’m confident every available resource is being used to make sure this New Year’s Eve will be safe,”
Tourism officials estimate about 330,000 visitors will come to Las Vegas for the festivities, anchored by an eight-minute firework display at the top of seven of the Strip casino/resorts. The show will start 10 seconds before midnight Sunday at the Stratosphere. The other pyrotechnic locations are at the Venetian, Treasure Island, Caesars Palace, Planet Hollywood, Aria and MGM Grand.
Officials say the increased number of law enforcement officers and manpower is not a direct result of the mass shooting on Oct. 1st that left 58 dead and hundreds injured. However, armed officers will be positioned at observation points throughout the casino/resort corridor to ensure public safety.