May 17, 2021 By Allie Griffin
The NYPD will be adding 250 extra cops to patrol the subway system—which will result in the network having the largest police presence in more than 25 years, Mayor Bill de Blasio announced Monday.
The additional cops will bring the total number of officers securing the subways to 3,250, and follows an uptick in violent crimes within the system. Just this weekend, five straphangers were slashed on trains in Manhattan.
“Today we’re announcing an additional 250 officers on a special deployment on top of the previous 500 on top of the previous 2,500,” de Blasio said.
The announcement also comes as 24/7 subway service resumed today after more than a year of overnight closures due to COVID-19 and low ridership.
The 250 additional officers brings the total number of officers within the subway system to the highest level in more than two decades, according to the mayor.
“We’re going to take officers and put them in the right places in the subways at the right time, particularly at peak times of ridership,” de Blasio said.
He also said that the system will get safer as ridership increases.
Officials with the MTA — which is controlled by the state — have repeatedly criticized de Blasio for the uptick in subway crime. They have demanded more cops in the system for months.