Brooklyn Borough Pres. Eric Adams Supports More Police In Subway

Steve Burns
December 22, 2019 - 6:51 pm
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NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The plan to add 500 more police officers to patrol subway and train stations has gotten both praise and pushback.

As crime levels remain at record-low levels on the subway, MTA leadership is citing increases in certain crimes, like robbery, as justification for bringing on the additional officers to patrol the system. The MTA Board approved the measure last week.

Among those supporting the increase in officers is Brooklyn Borough President Eric Adams.

“The presence of an officer. It allows a calmer sense of movement within our subway system,” Adams said Sunday.

Adams says he patrolled the subways during the 1980s and 1990s and knows how bad it can get.

“I know where we were and I don’t want us going back there again,” he said.

Adams is expected to run for mayor in two years. One of his likely opponents, City Council Speaker Corey Johnson, has said the MTA would be better off using the money to improve service.

Adams acknowledged that there have been some troubling incidents involving officers in the subway recently; among them, a churro vendor being handcuffed and officers storming a crowded train with guns drawn.

“But in reality, you have an even larger number of interactions where police officers deescalate the violence,” Adams said.