With the marathon this weekend and at least one presidential candidate planning to be in New York on Election Day, the city is beefing up security, officials said Tuesday.
Thousands of uniformed police officers and plainclothes cops will be on duty along the race route, NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said.
Added layers of security will be provided by the new Strategic Response Group and Critical Response Command, which have officers assigned with heavy weapons, he said.
As in past years, the NYPD will use mobile radiation and bomb detectors, officials said. The police officers toting heavy weapons will be mobile and not assigned to fixed posts so they can move around at a moment’s notice, Gomez said. Bomb-sniffing dogs also will be on duty.
“We look to have a safe event,” Gomez said.
More details about the marathon security will be publicly discussed at a special news conference Wednesday. Commanders on Tuesday held a tabletop exercise at police headquarters during which they were peppered with hypothetical incidents and attacks during the marathon to see how they would react.
Gomez encouraged the anticipated 2.5 million spectators to report any suspicious activity during the race.
“If you see something alert an officer, there won’t be an officer too far away,” Gomez said.
For Election Day, the NYPD will have one or two officers assigned to each of the 1,205 polling sites. With such an emotionally charged presidential campaign in which there has been violence, Mayor Bill de Blasio said there will be zero tolerance for attempts to interfere with voting.
“We won’t tolerate any voter intimidation,” de Blasio said. “Obviously our officers are prepared if there is any systematic attempt to disrupt it.”
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said there was no attempt at intimidation during the 2012 election. Gomez said cops at the polling stations will be ready to assist board of election officials if any problems develop.
Democrat Hillary Clinton plans to spend the Election Night at the Javits Center and it’s unclear where Republican Donald Trump will be, though his election headquarters is based in Trump Tower.