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New York MTA dedicates new district police HQ in honor of fallen officer


Yesterday, the New York Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA) Police Department officially opened its new Third District headquarters in Jamaica, N.Y.

In a ceremony featuring a host of MTA, Long Island Rail Road (LIRR) and other local officials, MTA dedicated the facility in the name of Dennis McCarney, a former LIRR police officer who was killed by a robbery suspect while attempting a 1989 arrest. MTA police officials credited the 36-year old officer with being instrumental in forming the department's anti-crime and decoy unit.

Located within the AirTrain JFK building in Jamaica, N.Y., the three-floor police facility consolidates two former facilities that housed MTA police officers responsible for patrolling Queens and Brooklyn. Reminiscent of erstwhile police station houses, the new headquarters features two green-and-white glass globes that are adjacent to the first-floor reception desk. But the rest of the facility is "firmly rooted in 21st century policing," as MTA put in a prepared statement. The 18,000 square-foot-facility includes a large first aid room, questioning and line-up rooms, holding cells, muster room, conference rooms, offices, workout and locker facilities.

"I'm sure the visibility and round-the-clock accessibility of this building will be a beacon of safety to the traveling public just as Officer McCarney was," said MTA Executive Director and Chief Executive Officer Elliot Sander.

McCarney's wife, Marilyn, and their two adult sons — Brian, a station foreman in the LIRR's Passenger Services Department, and Kevin — also were in attendance at the ceremony.

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