Gov. Hochul Deploys National Guard to NYC Subway for Bag Searches

New York Governor Kathy Hochul has announced a significant step in addressing the recent surge in crime on the New York City subway system. In a press conference held yesterday, Hochul revealed her plan to deploy 750 members of the National Guard to assist the New York Police Department (NYPD) in conducting bag searches at busy train stations.

The move comes as a response to a series of high-profile crimes that have shaken the confidence of subway riders. Hochul, a Democrat, believes that the presence of the National Guard will act as a deterrent for potential criminals, discouraging them from carrying weapons onto the subway. “For people who are thinking about bringing a gun or knife on the subway, at least this creates a deterrent effect,” she stated.

In addition to the National Guard deployment, Hochul’s office has proposed legislation that would ban individuals convicted of assaulting subway passengers from riding the trains. Furthermore, the installation of cameras in conductor cabins aims to enhance the safety of transit workers.

To bolster the NYPD’s presence in the subway system, Hochul will also send 250 state troopers and police officers from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority (MTA). This collaborative effort seeks to ensure the safety of the millions of daily subway riders.

While overall crime rates in New York City have decreased since the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, sporadic incidents of fatal shootings and shovings on the subway have raised concerns among residents. Just last week, a subway conductor was slashed in the neck by a passenger, leading to significant delays.

It is worth noting that random bag checks have been conducted by the police at subway entrances for some time. However, passengers have the right to refuse the search and leave the station, raising questions about the effectiveness of this policing tactic.

Author: CrimeDoor

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