Sheriff Lombardo: ‘Strike teams’ at hotels for Las Vegas New Year’s Eve celebration

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This year’s New Year’s celebration in Las Vegas is expected to be the largest ever. More than 375-thousand people will pack the Las Vegas Strip and Downtown Las Vegas.

Police will continue to have a heavy presence during the festivities.

“With a crowd of that size, this is an all-hands-on-deck approach for all southern Nevada public safety agencies,” said Metro Sheriff Joe Lombardo.

The federal government has rated this year’s celebration at the second highest priority level and will provide helicopters, canines, federal agents and communications equipment.

Metro will have more than 1,500 uniformed and undercover officers on patrol and strike teams will be positioned in hotels along the Las Vegas Strip –  that’s something new this year.

You’ll also see more than 250 National Guard troops and airmen deployed around the valley — with about a quarter of them stationed at McCarran International Airport.

On top of that, officials stress that revelers out celebrating the New Year are the first line of defense.

“And we just know, it really is up to each one of us to be the eyes and ears to help law enforcement and our first responders,” Las Vegas Mayor Carolyn Goodman said. 

Backpacks, strollers, ice chests and glass items are banned from the Strip starting at 6 p.m. on New Year’s Eve. A curfew will also be imposed for minors starting at that time.

“That is really to protect everybody and to ensure that they have a great and safe time,” Clark County Commissioner Marilyn Kirkpatrick said.

Lombardo says he expects a safe year, just like in years past.

“My personal opinion, my family comes down, so, I think I can’t quantify that any better than that.”

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