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NYPD plans massive security operation for U.S. women's soccer team's ticker-tape parade, officials say

A sign explains that security cameras are being

A sign explains that security cameras are being used along Broadway in lower Manhattan on July 8, 2015. A ticker tape parade will be held in the "Canyon of Heroes" on Friday, July 10, 2015, to honor the winning US World Cup Women's Soccer team. Credit: Anthony Lanzilote

Fresh off a gigantic Fourth of July security operation, the NYPD will use another counterterrorism deployment for Friday's ticker-tape parade honoring the World Cup champion U.S. women's soccer team, officials said Wednesday.

Thousands of cops under the command of Chief of Patrol Carlos Gomez will watch the Broadway parade route from the Battery Park area north to City Hall. Scores of other officers will monitor a vast complex of security cameras in lower Manhattan.

"This is part of the new normal. We do that for all major public events," said John Miller, the NYPD's deputy commissioner for counterterrorism and intelligence. "One of the advantages is we have hardly put away the equipment from the Fourth of July, so everybody is still there and focused."

Miller didn't give many details but the NYPD is expected to use a full complement of plainclothes officers armed with radiation detectors and canine units. Officers will also take up positions in two-story Skywatch towers to monitor the crowd. Armed officers with heavy weapons will also be at the ready.

The array of resources being used to guard the parade -- the 206th such celebration that historians say dates back to 1886 -- is what the NYPD employed for last weekend's fireworks display on the East River. But because the parade route is relatively short -- less than a mile -- police officers won't need to watch both sides of the river like they did on the Fourth of July, Miller said.

The parade up the Canyon of Heroes gives the NYPD another security advantage, Miller said. The championship soccer team will pass through a section of the city with the greatest density of security cameras, part of the post-Sept. 11 Lower Manhattan Security Initiative.

"So, I think we will be in very good shape for that event, despite the fact it is on very short notice," said Miller.

The parade, which starts from Bowling Green at 11 a.m., will cost $2 million -- about $1.5 million in city funds and $450,000 from corporate sponsors, said Phil Walzak, a spokesman for Mayor Bill de Blasio.

The last march up the Canyon of Heroes occurred in February 2012 after the New York Giants' Super Bowl win over the New England Patriots.

With Emily Ngo


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