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NYPD Bringing More Officers To Subway Stations

July 26, 2018 - 4:29 pm

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) -- The NYPD is significantly expanding its subway sector policing strategy,  meaning more officers will be underground every minute of the day.

As WCBS 880’s Mike Smeltz reported Thursday, police Commissioner James O’Neill noted that the New York City subway system is the busiest in the United States, as he announced the rollout of more officers in more subway stations across the city.

“By being out there, visible, we can work at preventing crime and disorder from occurring in the first place,” O’Neill said.

The officers, now in six transit districts, are assigned to certain parts of the subway system.

Their beat is below ground, said NYPD Transit Chief Edward Delatorre.

“When I have officers assigned to certain stations, they are responsible for everything that goes on there,” Delatorre said.

And the officers’ sole responsibility is what is going on in the subways. They do not split their time between above and below ground.

The overall goal is to create a level of familiarity between subway riders and the uniformed officers.