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Sandro Rosell
FC Barcelona President
Saturday, October 21, 2017

After the recent devastation rained on Las Vegas by the deadliest mass shooting in US history, the NYPD is stepping up security and enacting new initiatives. One of these new plans it to have thousands of New York hotel employees trained by the police department to spot rifle cases and other weapons as well as guests displaying signs of suspicious behavior. 

Other precautions have also been taken in several strategic locations, including Times Square, at which additional counterterror units have been deployed. 

On Monday morning, October 2, at police headquarters during a training conference for domestic violence, NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill said, “It’s one of the perils of living in an open, free democratic society. Here in New York City we’re monitoring the investigation and have deployed personnel to strategic locations at an abundance of caution.”

Glenn Schuck of 1010 WINS reported that close to two dozen weapons in 10 suitcases were brought by Stephen Paddock into his suite on the 32nd floor of Las Vegas’ Mandalay Bay Resort and Casino. Paddock created sniper perches by breaking two windows. From his perch he sprayed a barrage of bullets down onto 22,000 people who were gathered to watch an outdoor country music concert. Over 500 people were transported to hospitals with injuries and 59 at least 59 were killed. 

Now in New York City, hotel security, bellhops and housekeepers will be trained by the NYPD to be the first line of defense.

In Midtown Manhattan outside the New York Hilton, Schuck asked hotel guests what they thought of this new initiative. 

A man named Jack told the 1010 WINS reporter, “That’s what we have to do anymore. I hate to say it. I can’t believe we live in a society where you have to start to worry about weapons being everywhere.”

Others said that hotel employees cannot be expected to do the police’s job, although they know that the police can’t be everywhere all of the time. 

Tony told Schuck, “If they’re going to train them, are they going to pay them a little bit more? I don’t agree with that, because their main job is to take care of the people that are coming here – their luggage, all that stuff.”

By Hannah Hayes