Holy hell, did you see all the guns on the subway today? Apparently, it’s all part of “Operation TORCH,” a new federally funded security initiative.
The NYPD received a $30 million grant to increase subway security in a major way. However, it seems like they are only focusing on major subway hubs.
The police units, part of a new program called Operation TORCH, will focus on major transit hubs, including Times Square, Herald Square and Grand Central Terminal, Police Commissioner Raymond Kelly said. [1010 WINS]
I’m not sure what good that does. I guess it deters an attack from those stations. However, a terrorist could just get on at a different stop!
All they would have to do is get on a random stop and ride straight into Times Square or Grand Central and detonate a bomb. So I don’t think it makes it any safer from a terrorism perspective.
On a petty crime level like purse snatching and pickpocketing, that will probably go down on the fortified stations, but that’s probably about it.