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UPDATE: Police ramp up presence on Las Vegas Strip ahead of New Year's Eve

LVMPD steps up safety with federal support
Posted at 12:56 PM, Dec 27, 2017
and last updated 2017-12-30 07:29:23-05

UPDATE: Las Vegas police were lining both sides of the Las Vegas Strip starting Friday as they ramp up security for the massive New Year's Eve celebration.

Tourists making their way onto the famed stretch of Las Vegas Boulevard could not go more than a hundred feet without seeing a police officer as the department worked to show their presence.

This as police previously announced they are working with federal authorities to increase security around town because of recent attacks around the world.

PREVIOUS STORY: New Year's Eve in Las Vegas is known as "America's Party" and this year the city is stepping up safety precautions with the help of the federal government.

At the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department press briefing, Sheriff Joe Lombardo described how this year's security measures have increased because of the "SEAR 1" designation. SEAR stands for Special Event Assessment Rating. The SEAR 1 status is given to the events with the highest national significance, attendance and economic impact. Last year's event was SEAR 2. 

What's different this year?

  • Spotter teams in downtown and the Strip will include snipers.
  • More quick response teams for critical incidents
  • Federal intelligence personnel to provide support
  • More medics and medical supplies
  • More K9s to secure key areas
  • 2 additional mobile command posts

Over 300 national guard and over 1,500 police officers will be working to keep Las Vegas safe for the 3-day period before, during and after New Year's Eve. But police still need the public's help to help identify potential dangers. "Nothing is too small to say something," Lombardo added.

"Never will it be as safe as it will be this year," said Clark County Commission Chair Steve Sisolak. 

800 bollards have been installed along the Strip, with plans to add 7,500 more in 2018. That's in addition to 4,200 barricades that will be in place on New Year's Eve.

RELATED STORY: List of New Year's Eve celebrations in Las Vegas

If you're attending the celebrations, here's what you need to leave at home. These items are prohibited:

  • Glass bottles
  • Large bags
  • Strollers
  • Backpacks
  • Coolers

WATCH the full press briefing in the video player at the top of this page.

Here are some tips to help you stay safe:

  • Go with a group of people and plan where you're going in advance.
  • Decide how everyone will get home.
  • Let someone you trust know where you are going.
  • Use a safety app such as Circle of 6 to communicate with friends and family.

Know your transportation options:

Neighborhood fireworks are illegal but prepare your pets.

Unlike the 4th of July holiday, all fireworks including those labeled as "safe and sane" are prohibited. But just in case someone in your neighborhood doesn't follow the rules, be aware of your pet's safety. Keep your pets indoors and in a space where they won't cause damage if they get spooked.