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N.Y. MTA to add 46 police officers trained in counterterrorism

Posted on November 24, 2015

NEW YORK CITY — In the wake of the attacks in Paris, the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) plans to hire dozens of new police officers trained in counterterrorism measures to protect commuter railroads and major transit hubs like Grand Central Terminal and Penn Station, amNewYork reported.

The MTA will hire 46 police officers to patrol major hubs, the Long Island Rail Road, Metro-North and Staten Island Railway. Hiring of the additional officers is expected to cost $3 million under the MTA's 2016 budget. MTA officials said police officers have been trained in countering active shooters.

Gov. Andrew Cuomo also announced Monday that the state was making a new smartphone app available for free for anyone to report suspicious activity as part of a "See Something, Send Something" campaign. For the full story, click here.

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