Reno police upping security downtown for New Year's Eve
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Partygoers in downtown Reno will be greeted by an increased police presence Sunday night while ringing in the new year.
Reno Officer Tim Broadway said there will be a "sufficient amount of officers out looking for anything suspicious" in the downtown area. There will be officers on bikes, on foot and in "elevated positions of advantage," he said.
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According to the Associated Press, every officer with the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department will be working Sunday to keep revelers safe just three months after the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history. Members of the National Guard and federal law enforcement partners will also be assisting with security efforts in Las Vegas.
The Biggest Little City won't see those extremes. While there will be more officers patrolling the streets than usual, Broadway said there would be "about the same amount" of officers working in downtown Reno as other New Year's Eves.
"Because of what happened in Vegas, there's always that potential threat for unknown violence here," he said. "The most important thing is that if you see something, say something.
"It's really important to work together as a community. We can't be everywhere all the time, so the most important thing is to report suspicious activity as soon as possible."
Regional law enforcement partners, REMSA and fire departments are also joining forces to ensure safety on the roads. Broadway said extra officers will be patrolling the area and enforcing DUIs.
Virginia Street will be closed from First Street north to Sixth Street starting at 9 p.m. Sunday and lasting until approximately 5 a.m. Monday.
At midnight, fireworks will be launched from the lower level rooftop of Harrah's Reno Hotel Casino and from the upper and lower rooftops of the Silver Legacy Resort Casino.
The following are safety tips provided by the Reno Police Department:
- No alcohol will be permitted outside any of the bars or casinos
- Do not leave your drinks unattended and have a friend watch out for your safety
- Start out with a fully charged cell phone
- Have a plan if you get separated from your friends
- Drive Sober! Drive Alert! Let’s have Zero Fatalities in Nevada
The Associated Press contributed to this report.