NYPD steps up security at Christmas markets across NYC following Berlin truck incident

ByEyewitness News WABC logo
Monday, December 19, 2016

NEW YORK -- The NYPD has stepped up security at high profile outdoor Christmas markets throughout New York City following a fatal truck incident in Germany Monday.

There's no specific threat in NYC stemming from the incident in Berlin, but as a precaution, the NYPD is moving heavily armed Critical Response Command officers toward these displays.

Locations for the Christmas markets include Columbus Circle, Union Square and Bryant Park, as well as several others across the city.

There's been no determination of the reason behind the incident in Berlin - officials have not said whether it's an attack or an accident.

An NYPD spokesperson issued this statement Monday:

"The NYPD is monitoring the events in Germany and around the world today. The Department has moved highly trained teams, including the Critical Response Command, to high profile locations around New York City. In the coming days, we will look to learn more about what occurred to inform the NYPD's operations, deployments, and training of officers.

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