NYPD strengthens safety, security measures ahead of NY Caribbean Carnival

ByAnthony Carlo WABC logo
Friday, September 1, 2023
NYPD strengthens safety and security measures ahead of Caribbean Carnival
Officials gear up for the millions set to attend the annual New York Caribbean Carnival on Monday.

BROOKLYN, New York (WABC) -- Preparations are underway for an annual celebration in Brooklyn.

With two million people expected on the streets of Brooklyn for the annual New York Caribbean Carnival, police are strengthening security measures to allow revelers to celebrate safely.

WATCH LIVE MONDAY | Streaming New York Caribbean Carnival on ABC 7 New York

The vibrant costumes and unmatchable energy will soon be on full display on Brooklyn streets, all in the name of Caribbean culture.

Come Monday, you'll see plenty of the floats and dancing on Eastern Parkway during the New York Caribbean Carnival, but that's not all says the police commissioner.

"There will be plenty of safety measures that people will see and many they won't see," NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban said.

If you are heading to the carnival Monday, you can expect to enter through a security checkpoint. Anthony Carlo has the story.

He says there will be thousands of cops -- some that will be in plain sight, and others that won't.

NYPD Chief of Patrol John Chell says last year's success in stemming violence was a result of cooperation between city agencies.

"In the extreme we had one call of a loud party, and it was a known gang location through the power of the agencies we were able to shut that down with no arrests no incidents," Chell said.

Police say they seized 27 guns and kept shootings at bay during last year's festivities.

This is in stark contrast to the violence that's tainted the celebrations in the past, particularly the overnight J'ouvert parties.

In 2015, former Governor Andrew Cuomo aide Carey Gabay was killed by a stray bullet. Then in 2020, a 6-year-old was shot in both legs.

Community leaders want to be able to celebrate safely.

"Everyone is kind of on the same page so, I think that has eased the frustration and I'm proud we were able to do that this summer," said Michelle Gibbs, chair of the West Indian American Day Carnival Association.

Police say everyone who goes through the J'ouvert parade's 13 entry points Monday at 6 a.m. will be scanned using weapon detector wands. Police will also tap on drone surveillance to keep people safe.

Watch the parade live on Monday, September 4 starting at 11:00 a.m. wherever you stream ABC 7 New York.


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