Security Top Priority At Ball Drop

12:02 AM, Dec 31, 2011   |    comments
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BUFFALO, N.Y. - With more than 40,000 people expected to gather in downtown Buffalo to ring in 2012, it is billed as the second largest ball drop in the country, behind only Times Square in NY City (Atlanta's celebration is larger than Buffalo, but they have a peach drop).

The logistics in pulling it off are pretty daunting. The Buffalo Police Athletic League is in charge of organizing the entertainment, and Iskalo Development, which owns the Electric Tower, plays host.

Trying to keep everything orderly and everyone safe is the responsibility of the Buffalo Police Department.

Police Commissioner Daniel Derenda would not reveal how many extra officers would be on duty, but he did say it would be significantly more than a normal Saturday night. But they will have some help. The BPD will enlist the assistance of the NFTA Police and Erie County Sheriff's Department.

Mayor Byron Brown says there will be minimal street closures or disruptions downtown, but expect large numbers. He says with the First Night celebration at the Convention Center and the Crystal Ball at Statler City, there could be close to 50,000 people jamming into Roosevelt Square to catch the countdown.

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