NYPD plans tight Eve security for Times Square

By TOM HAYS | December 30, 2011 | 11:15 AM EST

Times Square Alliance President Tim Tompkins throws a handful of confetti from eight stories above onto the streets of Times Square, Thursday, Dec. 29, 2011 in New York. The airworthiness test is in preparation for the release of one ton of confetti by hand from various buildings in Times Square at midnight on New Year’s Eve. (AP Photo/Mary Altaffer)

NEW YORK (AP) — New York City police are once again planning heavy security in Times Square for the annual New Year's Eve celebration.

The New York Police Department's measures include deploying all 1,500 rookie officers from the latest academy class. They'll join thousands of other officers assigned to crowd control. Even more officers in plain clothes will blend in with revelers, and the bomb squad will sweep theaters.

The department also relies on a network of high-tech security cameras to keep an eye on "The Crossroads of the World." The cameras provide live feeds to command centers.

Security in Times Square has been amped up ever since a would-be terrorist left a car bomb there in the summer of 2010. The homemade bomb fizzled, and no one was hurt.