DHS patrols Las Vegas Strip with local police on NYE
LAS VEGAS (KSNV) —
An enormous presence by local, state, and federal police helped ensure safety on the Strip Sunday.
On New Year's Eve, there were just eight misdemeanor arrests on the Las Vegas Strip, and only three misdemeanor arrests on Fremont Street, according to a preliminary report released by the Las Vegas Metropolitan Police Department.
For Sheriff Joe Lombardo, who assured the public that there were no known threats to "America's Party," New Year's Eve was an opportunity to win back tourists who remain uncomfortable with large outdoor events on the Strip.
"I don't want us defined by 1 October. I want us defined by what we did throughout the whole year," he said, during a New Year's Eve broadcast with News 3's Jim Snyder.
This year's law enforcement presence included significant assistance from the Department of Homeland Security.
From sunset until early in the new year, DHS aircraft orbited the Strip, conducting electronic and infrared surveillance.
New Year's Day marks three months since the Route 91 concert massacre, which is currently the deadliest mass shooting in modern U.S. history.
Police have said a lone gunman fired indiscriminately into a crowd of 22,000 concertgoers at an outdoor music festival across the street from Mandalay Bay.
Police have said the suspect, Stephen Paddock, had no known motive.
Sheriff Lombardo hasn't held a press conference to update the public on the investigation since Oct. 13 and has declined numerous subsequent News 3 requests for an interview.