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Police plan major effort to ensure safe New Year

Police plan major effort to ensure safe New Year

Police in Baltimore will be backed up by state troopers and federal authorities as they seek to keep New Year's Eve celebrations in the city safe amid planned protests and heightened concern about international terrorism.

Col. Melissa Hyatt, the Police Department's chief of patrol, said authorities have spent months planning for the evening, which will likely see tens of thousands throng the Inner Harbor to usher in 2016 with a concert and fireworks display.

"We want all residents and visitors to have a safe and memorable experience," Hyatt said.

Major downtown events in the past have occasionally been marred by violence. This year, police have the job of...

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