The New York City Police Department will begin training hotel workers and hospitality staffers to spot guns, explosives, and other weapons in the aftermath of the deadly Las Vegas attack that took the lives of 59 innocent Americans, reports CBS News.
The NYPD will instruct thousands of workers throughout the city how to spot rifle bags, concealed bombs, large amounts of ammunition, as well as how to identity guests behaving in a strange or suspicious manner.
The law enforcement agency will train bellhops, housekeepers, and receptionists to be the “front line” of defense from guests seeking to harm tourists and workers both inside the hotel and on city streets.
“That’s what we have to do, I hate to say it,” said a guest outside the New York Hilton. “I can’t believe we live in a society where you have to start to worry about weapons being everywhere.”
The NYPD’s decision comes days after Stephen Paddock, a 64-year-old former accountant opened fire from his 32nd story hotel room into a country music festival on the world-famous Las Vegas strip; killing 59 people and injuring nearly 600.
Federal investigators say Paddock used at least ten suitcases over the course of several days to smuggle over twenty firearms, including long rifles, into his hotel suite. Housekeepers who cleaned the room claim they didn’t notice anything out of the ordinary.