NEW YORK — 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 — and "Rockin' Eve" host Ryan Seacrest — 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.

There was also a test run for the ball to ensure it's running properly to ring in the new year.

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