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How NYPD plans to protect events and parades – NBC New York

From parades and marches to ceremonies and other events, there are plenty of Pride celebrations happening across the five boroughs throughout June. And the NYPD has shared how it plans to keep all attendees and participants safe.

Following recent warnings from the FBI, Homeland Security and the State Department, the NYPD promised tight security at major events on Wednesday. The aforementioned agencies have cited reports from terrorist organizations such as ISIS calling for attacks on soft targets in the LGBTQ+ community.

The heightened alert comes a week before the eighth anniversary of the Pulse nightclub shooting in Florida, which left 49 people dead.

“What should be a time of joy and celebration, this month is also a reminder of all the evil that exists in this world,” said NYPD Commissioner Edward Caban.

Police have stressed that there is no credible threat to any event or to the city in general, but they continue to monitor rumors and provide heavy security – some of which will be obvious, and some of which will not.

“We will be hyper-focused, we will be highly visible, we will work to make sure our community is safe,” said NYPD Chief of Department Jeffrey Maddrey.

During Wednesday’s security briefing, police detailed a map of upcoming high-profile events, including Saturday’s Brooklyn Pride Parade. It is one of the events leading up to the New York City Pride March on Fifth Avenue, with 50,000 demonstrators and dozens of spectators, and Pridefest on June 30.

“We’re not worried, we’re going to keep this city and its celebrations safe for the next three weeks, just like we do every other day of the year,” said Rebecca Ulam Weiner, deputy commissioner for intelligence and counterterrorism at the NYPD.

Police are also asking the public to report any threats so they can investigate and take action if necessary.

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