No, that’s not a typo. Here’s some footage of the NYPD’s youngest officer. No joke, that station is probably safer than if an adult cop were patroling it.
NYPD Flaunts $32,881 Salary?
Is the NYPD really flaunting the new starting salary for recruits? It’s $32,881. Where in Manhattan can you live for $32k a year? Hell, it hard to make ends meet with twice that.
Well, the NYPD is making sure you know about it with half takeover ads on the subway. If you haven’t seen them already, they’ve released a big campaign to promote the new increased salary.
No wonder other states are recruiting our officers out. On the one hand, the NYPD is probably one of the most elite police forces in the world, but they are also grossly underpaid. Read More »
Subway Security Bag Checks are Optional
In case you get stopped by an officer to search your bag on the subway (chances are extremely low), just keep in mind that letting them check is completely optional. You don’t have to let NYPD officers go through your bag. It’s totally up to you. All the police can do is refuse to allow you on the train.
I always knew that…hell it says so right on the sign they have at the table. However, I never really thought about it that much until I read this from a SUBWAYblogger commenter.
So if a terrorist were to get stopped for an inspection, all they would have to do is say no, and get on the train somewhere else.
Beijing Starts Security Checks at All Subway Stations
In preparation for the summer Olympic games, Beijing has started security checks at all of their subway stations. No, they aren’t a joke like they are in the NYC subway system.
“It’s just as strict as the airport security checks.” [Source]
They have wands to scan passengers for weapons, and all large bags go through X-ray machines. Liquids are checked unless the passenger takes a sip from the container.
Compare that to New York City’s methods…the same NYC that is daily terror target every day of the year. In most cases, it could be weeks before you see any formal security procedures beyond an officer standing around the platform.
The bag inspection system is laughable. Quick survey, out of the last 50 times you’ve walked by one of the NYPD inpection tables, how many times have you seen someone having their bag inspected? Maybe 2 or 3? That’s what I thought.
Most of the time, the table is just there for show. They only inspect a handful of people.
After years of riding the subway and carrying a semi large computer bag, I’ve only been inspected once. I started to open the the bag, and the cop said, “Nahh don’t worry about those [smaller pockets]. Just open the large compartment.”
Ohh…ok. So those other pockets couldn’t possibly contain anything suspect because the terrorists would never think to hide a biological weapon in the smaller, hidden pockets. They just use the big one.
Anyway, just another example where the US is falling behind other nations.
WOW. Gun Show on the Subway
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.