On Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 New York City officials sought to assure potential revelers that Times Square will be one the safest places in the world on New Year’s Eve.
On Tuesday, Dec. 29, 2015 New York City officials sought to assure potential revelers that Times Square will be one the safest places in the world on New Year’s Eve. AP Photo - Kathy Willens

New York trains 1100 new cops in time for NYE

NEW York has graduated more than 1100 cops just in time for its huge security operation on New Year's Eve.

Most of them will join a force of at least 6000 officers, including a new specialised counter-terrorism unit, as about a million people pack the blocks around Times Square.

"Leave the worrying to the NYPD," said police department chief James O'Neill.

"People should feel safest this New Year's Eve because we're there."

The new batch of 1123 officers takes the ranks of the department to 36,000 - its highest number in about 20 years.

Among them are three brothers - Stephen Favale, 24, and 22-year-old twins Alec and John. They are the sons of Anthony Favale, a 30-year veteran of the NYPD.

"I have this level of confidence that they're good boys," Deputy Inspector Favale told CNN. "They never gave me an ounce of trouble growing up."


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