NYPD Increases Security for UN General Assembly

The New York City Police Department is stepping up security this week for the 73rd United Nations General Assembly.

President Trump is among more than 200 dignitaries from around the world in the city this week.  To help keep them safe, the NYPD is working with the FBI and Secret Service to implement enhanced security measures.

“Since the end of last year’s United Nations General Assembly, we have been planning how to best-protect the various sites, and all of the people inside them, again this year – while also minimizing the impact on New Yorkers and the vehicular and pedestrian traffic outside,” Police Commissioner James O'Neill said.

In addition to thousands of uniformed and plain-clothes police officers, concrete blocks will be placed at strategic locations and sanitation trucks will be deployed.  There will also be a number of street closures and parking restrictions.

"There are many ways we’ll be keeping people safe. And there will be much the public will see, and much the public will not see. I am confident that we are going to again have one of the most well-policed, best-protected events – in one of the safest cities in the entire world,” O'Neill said.

Beginning on Monday and continuing through October 1st, all weekdays have been designated as gridlock alert days.  People are encouraged to take mass transportation to get around Manhattan.

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