NEW YORK – Thousands of police officers will greet Pope Benedict XVI when he visits New York next week.
New York's police commissioner and the head of the U.S. Secret Service's local office say the security measures for the pope will rival those for the president when he visits the city.
Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says he will provide the highest possible level of security while accommodating the public in welcoming the pontiff.
There will be a highly visible uniformed police presence and bomb-sniffing dogs on the streets. There also will be harbor units and scuba divers in the East River and police helicopters overhead.
Cars and spectators will be screened before entering frozen zones around Yankee Stadium, St. Patrick's Cathedral and other venues hosting the pope April 18-20.