Former New York City Police Commissioner Bernard Kerik said Thursday the city is better prepared than anywhere in the world to keep revelers safe at a time when public terror attacks are top of mind for law enforcement officials.
New York City officials expect about 1 million people to ring in the New Year in Midtown Manhattan, raising significant security concerns in the wake of attacks by Islamic militants in Paris and and assault by a husband and wife inspired by the so-called Islamic State in San Bernardino, California.
"We have the most resources. We have the best training. And we've been through these types of things in the past," he told CNBC's "Squawk Box."
Kerik noted that the number of police stationed in and around Times Square has doubled since 2000, rising from 3,000 then to nearly 6,000 this year. That presence will include a number of plainclothes officers moving through crowds, as well as bomb detection officers, investigators and detectives.