NYPD ramps up security for J'ouvert festivities

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The NYPD is ramping up security measures as hundreds of thousands of people prepare to celebrate West Indian culture in Brooklyn.

J'ouvert festivities begin in the early morning hours of Labor Day on Monday, but the event has been marked by violence in the past. Last year's celebration has been described as a success despite a few shootings in the area before the festival.

Carey Gabay, an aide to Gov. Andrew Cuomo, was at the event in 2015 near Empire Boulevard and Franklin Avenue when he was fatally shot in the head. Police say he was caught in the crossfire of a gang shootout.

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This year, J'ouvert will kick off at 6 a.m. and wrap up at 10 a.m. There will be hundreds of uniformed police officers on patrol and the NYPD has added an additional secure entry point, raising the number from 12 to 13. Last year, officials say there were complaints of long lines, so the additional entry point aims to alleviate those issues.

People attending the festivities will be screened for weapons and alcoholic beverages. Revelers will not be allowed to bring large bags or backpacks, and light towers will light up the parade route. High-resolution security cameras will also be used.

Officials say they want everyone in attendance to have fun and celebrate safely.

News 12 will have full coverage of the West Indian American Day Parade on Monday.

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