Miles of Barriers, Tons of Cement: How the NYPD Keeps Pope Francis Safe in New York

popefrancisnyc
Pope Francis waves to the crowd as he rides down Fifth Avenue in New York, September 24. Richard Drew/AP/Pool/Reuters

Pope Francis is spending just 39 hours and 40 minutes in New York City but they'll make for an extremely action packed two days for the NYPD. The police department has had to pull out all the stops (and barriers and cones!) for his time in the city.

The NYPD put up 196,000 feet of barrier composed of 24,500 pieces. That's 37 miles of barrier keeping the pope safe from the hands of New Yorkers (though he's stopped to shake a couple anyhow.) An additional 409 concrete blocks will be used, totalling 818 tons.

For the Central Park procession, the city will use 43 sand trucks for their "security plan," the details of which the NYPD did not reveal.

During his short visit, the pope will cover 54 miles of ground. He isn't the only important person in town: there will be 220 different motorcardes in the city because of the United Nations General Assembly.

All of this action is going on 4,270 miles from home for Pope Francis. His visit is slightly shorter than that of the last pope in 2008. Pope Benedict was in town for 58 hours and 45 miles. His visit cost $6,584,637 and security for the event involved 12,538 personnel.

Miles of Barriers, Tons of Cement: How the NYPD Keeps Pope Francis Safe in New York | U.S.