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New York MTA launches program to beef up commuter-rail security


New York’s Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) recently launched an initiative aimed at increasing police patrols onboard commuter-rail trains, in stations and on platforms.

Under the “Directed Patrol Strategy,” federal, state and local law enforcement teams will randomly be deployed throughout MTA’s Metro-North, Long Island Rail Road and Staten Island Railroad systems.

MTA police officers will conduct onboard inspections with explosive detection K-9 teams, the Transportation Security Administration will deploy marshals to ride commuter-rail trains, New York State Police officers will inspect the rail system within its jurisdiction, the New York Police Department will add officers to patrol tracks in Queens and the Bronx, and county and municipal police departments will increase patrols at stations, on platforms and in parking lots within their territories.

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