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The NYPD will be rolling out additional security around Madison Square Garden and Brooklyn’s Barclays Center as the holidays approach.
The department has trained local officers in the Midtown South and 78th precincts and have armed them with semi-automatic Colt M4 Commando rifles.
The officers are familiar with the venues and the neighborhoods, and are designed to quickly respond to combat a terror threat in the venues.
The officers have already had two weeks of training and would augment the specially earmarked Strategic Response Group that roam the city.
Similar patrols are expected next year at Yankee Stadium and Citi Field and other summer or outdoor venues.