The solo transit patrol policy launched on Tuesday saw a change on Wednesday after a lone cop was injured in a crazed assault on a Subway station.
“We are continuing with the solo patrol concept by spreading officers out on posts but with the caveat that they are within sight of one another,” an NYPD spokesperson said in a statement. “This will increase the visibility of police officers looking out for the riding public while at the same time looking out for each other,” the spokesperson said.
Mayor Eric Adams, who had touted the original plan, said Wednesday that the adjustment was made after he spoke with Detectives’ Endowment Association leader Paul DiGiacomo and the head of the PBA, Patrick Lynch, late Tuesday.
“And the conversation was really, ‘how do we reach the goal that we want?’ How do we get the omnipresence and how do we make sure that our officers are safe?” Adams said at an unrelated press conference.
“We came with a real meeting of the minds of let’s have the separate solo patrol stay in eyesight of each other,” Adams said, adding, “This would allow the immediate backup with the communications that we currently have.”
Speaking about the injured officer, Adams also said, “To that hero officer, thank you for your service. I thank God that he’s okay and the bad guy is in jail, a person who has a history of assault.”