Police beef up security for the UN meeting, Trump visit

FILE – In this Sept. 17, 2017 file photo, a security team in the near Trump Tower looking in the direction of the higher floors of the buildings in the area shortly before the arrival of President Donald Trump in New York. The authorities in New York City are faced with an epic security and logistical challenge with the upcoming arrival of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for the 73rd session of the General Assembly of the un. (AP Photo/Craig Ruttle)

NEW YORK – Authorities in New York City are faced with a safety and logistical challenge of epic proportions, with the coming arrival of President Donald Trump and other world leaders for the General Assembly of the un.

But there is no credible threats against the event, the security concerns are so wide that the New York Police Department has thought through how it would stop assassins armed with poison or killer drones.

The NYPD is the most important line of defense thousands of extra police officers are flooding in the streets as part of a carefully coordinated effort with the Secret Service and other federal and local law enforcement agencies to protect both the United Nations and the Trump Tower in midtown Manhattan, said police chief James O’neill.

“Since the end of last year, the General Assembly, we already have plans how to best protect the various sites and all of the people within them, while also minimizing the impact on the New Yorkers,” O’neill said at the recent press conference at a command center at police headquarters.

The 73rd meeting of the General assembly began on Sept. 18, but the higher level of the meetings start Monday.

The security arsenal functions police boats patrolling the East River near the U. N., aviation units, overhead and teams of officers trained to respond to chemical, biological and other potential terrorist threats. About 50 city Department of Sanitation dump trucks filled with sand and the concrete, 230 barriers placed at intersections and other strategic locations to protect against a car or truck attack last year that killed eight people on a bike path in Lower Manhattan.

The police said that other preparations included consultation with the British authorities about the poisoning of former Russian spy earlier this year, by means of a weapons-grade nerve gas. British officials say that the attack was carried out by Russian agents.

The police has also studied an attack on Venezuelan President Nicolas Maduro last month use of drones rigged with explosives.

Maduro said last week that he may have to a suspension of a scheduled trip to the United Nations because of the concern of his opponents would try to kill him if he travels abroad. But the NYPD expects more than 200 other world leaders to see, all need to move around the city in motorcades with police escorts.

That foreign dignitaries to fly state aircraft in New York Kennedy Airport will be greeted with a strict enforcement of the rules that the aircraft depart within two hours after touching down. The repression after the indictment of an airport supervisor on charges that he took bribes to allow Qatar and other countries park their aircraft overnight during the meeting.

Trump is expected for a rare hometown visit, and a possible stay at Trump Tower, his old home he has rarely visited since he became president. Outside the skyscraper, police plan to set up a series of barriers and security checks.

The police said that they expect more than 60 demonstrations outside the United Nations, foreign consulates, and the Trump Tower at various times during the week.

The bad news for motorists: Officials say that the activity will have even worse gridlock than the files during the Thanksgiving Day Parade, the tree lighting ceremony at the Rockefeller Center and New Year’s Eve celebration in Times Square.

The authorities said that they had not calculated that the cost of the security operation. But they said: there is a $20 – $30 million bill for the past and the General assembly, and that the federal government covers the largest part of the.


Associated Press writer Michael Sisak contributed to this report.

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