On Tuesday, New York City Mayor Eric Adams is set to announce that NYPD officers assigned to the city’s subway lines will be conducting solo patrols to expand law enforcement’s presence on mass transit.
The expected announcement at an afternoon press conference in Brooklyn came despite the opposition from the police union.
Adams said going to single patrols is nice since it will “maximize deployment on our subways and our platforms.”
”That is playing a major role in people feeling comfortable about riding the subway system,” Adams said.
“(We’re) going back to single patrol to have the omnipresence that is needed in our trains and stations. We want to continue to modify until we bring back that level of confidence that New Yorkers need,” Adams added.
The largest police union, for its part, is not happy with Adams’ decision fearing that solo patrols will limit an officer’s ability to protect the public and themselves.
“We can’t fix the NYPD staffing crisis by spreading our overstretched resources even thinner,” Police Benevolent Association President Pat Lynch said last week.
“Solo transit patrols were abandoned because they make it harder for cops to protect straphangers and ourselves. They’re even less effective now that criminals know there are no consequences for fighting cops and resisting arrest,” Lynch added.