LAS VEGAS (KLAS) — Every year the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department briefs the public on New Year’s Eve preparations, safety concerns, and changes to ordinances. This year, the news conference was held at Rob Roy’s Innevation Center Powered by ‘Switch’ located at 6795 S. Edmond Street.
Undersheriff Kevin McMahill let the public know Southern Nevada Public Safety agencies have outgrown the current command post used for previous #VegasNYE events, which was the NHP offices on Decatur Boulevard, so they will be moving the New Year’s Eve command center to Rob Roy’s Innevation Center.
McMahill added that police, fire, and EMS departments play key roles in public safety, but partnerships with private sectors committed to making Las Vegas a safe place to work, play and visit help ensure the holiday season is safe for residents and visitors.
Each year the #VegasNYE party keeps getting bigger and better. Over 400,000 people are expected this year at the celebrations on the Strip and Downtown with officials seeing a 98 percent occupancy rate at local hotel destinations.
“As we all know from domestic and world events, it is imperative to have well thought out and long-practiced security plans in place to thwart terrorist attacks and other types of attacks,” said Undersheriff Kevin McMahill
McMahill assured the public that there is no known specific credible threat to Las Vegas or Southern Nevada. Officials are actively monitoring threat streams with all partners to stay alert to any indicators of threats. Public safety officials have hosted numerous tabletop discussions and full-scale exercises to prevent incidents.
Las Vegas hosts large events throughout the year, but New Year’s is the biggest. Every law enforcement agency, local and state security partners will be working to keep the public safe, according to officials.
As with previous years, large vehicles will be used to block off major intersections on the Strip and Downtown. Road closures will begin around 5:00 p.m. The Strip will be closed by 6:30 p.m
Items prohibited on The Strip are as followed:
- Glass bottles
“Do not bring any of these because you will be turned around,” said Undersheriff Kevin McMahill
The past year the county added more bollards to portions of Las Vegas Boulevard to prevent cars from accidentally or intentionally striking pedestrians.
“We will not tolerate those who come here to break the law and interrupt the festivities,” added McMahill
Quick response forces and smaller strike teams are available throughout the New Year’s Eve celebration area to respond to any property immediately, according to Undersheriff McMahill.
All officials repeated their interest in keeping the public safe so they can enjoy a safe and festive New Year’s Eve.
If you see something that doesn’t look right, say something, report it to the Southern Nevada Counter-Terrorism Center at (702)828-7777. 311 is available for non-emergencies and 911 for emergencies.
8 News Now will ring in the new year with our Las Vegas Countdown to 2020 show. Live coverage for #VegasNYE starts Dec. 31 at 8 p.m.