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New York will increase police presence in subway system to address rise in crime

By Trains Staff | October 24, 2022

| Last updated on February 13, 2024

State will fund overtime shifts to place more officers in stations, on trains

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New York City Mayor Eric Adams speaks during a Saturday press conference on subway safety as Metropolitan Transportation Authority CEO Janno Lieber and Governor Kathy Hochul look on. Marc A. Hermann/MTA

NEW YORK — Facing a significant increase in crimes on New York City public transit, New York Gov. Kathy Hochul and New York City Mayor Eric Adams on Saturday announced plans to put more police officers on trains and station platforms, as well as moves to address issues for individuals with serious mental illness.

“Our expanded subway safety strategy of Cops, Cameras, and Care will crack down on subway crime, help those experiencing homelessness get the support they need to get out of the system, and alleviate concerns of riders to ensure New Yorkers feel safer throughout the subway system,” Hochul said in a press conference at the Grand Central/42nd Street subway station.

The state will fund overtime shifts for about 1,200 additional police officers per day, the website Gothamist reports. Those officers will be present on platforms at more than 300 stations and on trains. And Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police will be deployed at four major commuter rail hubs — Penn Station, Grand Central, Atlantic Terminal, and Jamaica — freeing up about 100 NYPD officers for deployment at other locations on trains and in stations.

“The bottom line is that riders will see more officers in the system, and so will those thinking of breaking the law,” Adams said. “On behalf of all New Yorkers, we’re thankful for this state investment that will make our subways safer.”

Hochul has also ordered the New York State Office of Mental Health to open of two new 25-bed inpatient facilities to address homeless individuals who are sheltering in the subway system and suffering from severe mental illness, as well as expanded crisis intervention training for police and medical first responders to deal with homeless individuals and understand the statutory authority to transport individuals in need of a psychiatric evaluation.

Saturday’s moves follow an earlier announcement of plans to put security cameras in every car in the New York City Transit subway fleet [see “New York City to install security cameras …,” Trains News Wire, Sept. 21, 2022], but completing that program for the 2,700-car fleet will take until 2025.

“Subway ridership has surged since Labor Day, and we remain focused on growing rider confidence through increased deployment of uniformed officers, cameras installed in every subway car, and further progress on quality-of-life issues,” MTA CEO Janno Lieber said. “The MTA is grateful to Governor Hochul and Mayor Adams for their leadership and commitment to the subways.”

Nine homicides have been reported in the subway system so far in 2022, Gothamist reports, while overall reports of transit crimes to New York City police have increased by 40% over last year.

16 thoughts on “New York will increase police presence in subway system to address rise in crime

  1. Unfortunatley, rail transport is a vehicle for tax dollars. So like it or not, policy always influences rail. I wish it were not so; we should not ignore this.

  2. I thought this was a TRAINS website. Stop with the constant political nonsense.
    As a rider I WOULD like to see the police moving around, not congregating and discussing who knows what.

  3. WE should seek to protect each other more and care more for each other. It seems the NY politicians are not aware of their responsibilities and obligations.

  4. None of the comments mean one thing in practice This is New York, elections are pre-determined formalities

  5. I agree with one of the comments, what a joke two weeks before election, this did NOT happen over night. Defund the police and in the same breath say we (Mayor) will pay over time to the already short-handed police in New York, so very sad.
    Good luck New York sub way travelers.

  6. It is impossible to be too cynical these days ………

    (Or how did Lily Tomlin once put it? “I try to be cynical, but it’s impossible to keep up …”)

    Quite interesting how this ‘Press Conference’ and action to put more NYPD officers on the NY subways coincidentally occurs two weeks before a mid-term election.

    (Unelected) Governor Kathy Hochul is truly awful and pathetic. Hopefully the New York voters will give her the boot on November 8th …..

  7. Quit making yourself an easy target with your love affair of the damn phone! People not staying aware of their surroundings are making themselves an easy prey!

  8. The current poles say the governor is now in an unexpected tight race so I guess she decided she had to do something. Her opponent has already said he’d make it a priority to repeal the NY “no bail” law which is much of the problem as well as replacing the one NYC DA that won’t put hardly anyone in jail.

  9. The Pilice on the platforms should be there with firearms. In Europe you will find Police with automatic rifles stationed on train and subway platforms. Very few problems there.

  10. In the center and at right of the photo, you will see the very avatars of New York’s crime problem: Her Honor the Gov and His Honor the Mayor.

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