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.
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.