New effort launched by NYPD to keep Bronx and city subway riders safe
The NYPD has launched a new initiative aimed at deterring crime at Bronx and city subway stations.
As part of the effort, police are being retrained on how to enter a subway station quicker. Police Commissioner Ray Kelly says MetroCards will play a key part in the training. Currently, only about half of police officers have MetroCards, which causes problems when they are chasing after suspects. The commissioner has asked transit officials to help by supplying the cards to police.
The initiative comes at a time when record numbers of people are riding subways. Transit officials say straphangers took the subway 1.4 billion times last year.