NYPD to use manpower, technological advances to boost subway security

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More NYPD cops could be seen riding on subways and buses in an effort to keep crime numbers down.

Officers will begin to randomly ride trains and buses and do spot checks around the clock. This comes after many recent slashings that have happened on the transit system.

Police Commissioner Bratton says the boost in security comes as crime continues to be down on trains.  The latest numbers show six million people ride the subway daily, but less than six crimes are reported every day.

"Good news is we are seeing a reduction in crime and the Mayor and I are confident it will lower," says Bratton.

The mayor also upgraded existing technology to reprogram radio's and cell phones. The change was funded with a $100 million grant.

With this new system, New York City transit officers will be able to communicate on their radios with police above ground.

Until this year, officers in the transit system went silent when they went into the stations. That's because police were on two different radio channels, and officers above ground could not talk to officers below.

Police officials said Wednesday that radios have finally been re-programmed in the Bronx and in Manhattan. The rest of the city is coming online this spring.



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