Times Square will be safest place in the world, top cop says as city preps for New Year’s bash

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New Year's in Times Square

Among the ball’s new crystals is one engraved with the name of late TV personality Dick Clark. Clark hosted his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” television special for nearly 40 years.

The New York Police Department is assigning thousands of extra patrols in Times Square on New Year’s Eve, but they won’t all be in plain sight.

There will be uniformed officers, bomb-sniffing dogs and heavily armed counterterrorism teams. But there also will be plainclothes officers, assigned to blend into the crowd.

Many officers will be wearing palm-size radiation detectors designed to give off a signal if they detect evidence of a dirty bomb, an explosive intended to spread panic by creating a radioactive cloud.

Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly says Times Square will be the safest place in the world on Dec. 31.

Crews installed 288 new crystal triangles atop One Times Square. The sparkling pieces show doves surrounded by a burst of sunlight. They’re designed to capture this year’s theme: “Let there be peace.”

Among new crystals is one engraved with the name of late TV personality Dick Clark. Clark hosted his “New Year’s Rockin’ Eve” television special for nearly 40 years.