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N.Y. MTA unveils plan to boost police presence on rail

Posted on March 21, 2007

The New York MTA unveiled a new commuter rail security initiative Wednesday that would redeploy MTA police and use federal, state and local law enforcement to help patrol trains and platforms. MTA officials stressed a new focus on police visibility from the Manhatten rail hubs to the ends of each Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road and Staten Island Railway line. The new strategy will deploy patrol teams randomly to avoid predictable patterns. Other security initiatives include:

  • Step-on inspections of trains and deployment of 50 explosive-trained K-9 teams by MTA officers.
  • Teams of Transportation Security Administration marshals being deployed onto MTA commuter trains.
  • The New York State Police performing inspections in its commuter rail territories.
  • County and municipal police departments throughout the Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road and Staten Island Railway territory increasing patrols at stations, on platforms and in parking lots.
  • The New York Police Department augmenting the directed patrol with teams of officers in Queens and the Bronx.
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