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Ring in the new: NYPD drone to oversee Times Square revelry

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, a police K-9 unit patrols in New York's Times Square where crowds were gathered for the annual New Year's Ev...
FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, revelers wait for midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square as seen from abo...
FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, confetti flies over Times Square during the New Year's celebration in New York. The New York Police Departmen...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, a police K-9 unit patrols in New York's Times Square where crowds were gathered for the annual New Year's Ev...

FILE - In this Dec. 31, 2017, file photo, revelers wait for midnight during the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square as seen from abo...

FILE - In this Jan. 1, 2018, file photo, confetti flies over Times Square during the New Year's celebration in New York. The New York Police Departmen...

NEW YORK (AP) — It's an Auld Lang Syne of the times: For the first time, a police drone will be keeping watch over the New Year's Eve celebration in New York's Times Square.

The unmanned eye-in-the-sky is the latest wrinkle in the New York City Police Department's ever-evolving plan to keep revelers safe.

About 7,000 police officers will be on duty for Monday night's festivities in Times Square, including counterterrorism teams with long guns and bomb-sniffing dogs. Police cars and sand-filled sanitation trucks will be positioned to stop vehicles from driving into the crowd.

And, above it all, a remote-controlled quadcopter will be giving police a unique view of the merriment — and any potential mayhem.

It's the first time the NYPD is sending up a drone for a big event.