The NYPD is reviving the subway night patrol from NYC’s bad ol’ days

Police officers are bringing targeted night patrols back into the subway system, NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox told MTA board members Monday.

Patrol officers, known as the “Train Patrol Force, or TPF,” will patrol trains and platforms at night, when a large proportion of crimes happen on trains, Wilcox said — just as they did decades ago.

“We have created a new Train Patrol Force (TPF) that will conduct targeted and visible late evening and night train patrols,” Wilcox said.

The unit existed under the NYC Transit Police before merging with the NYPD in 1995.

“The TPF is not a new concept. It was sort of a transit patrol that’s been done for years past — particularly by our mayor when he was a transit cop,” Wilcox said. “It was an idea we had to return to.”

Fifty-four percent of subway crime occurs on trains, the boss said — and 40 percent of those crimes on trains occur in the evening and night hours.

Subway crime rates have skyrocketed since the start of the COVID-19 pandemic — from 1.47 crimes per million riders in 2019 to 2.11 crimes per million riders in April 2022, according to the latest figures from the NYPD and MTA.

NYPD Chief of Transit Jason Wilcox speaks at Queens subway murder  April 25, 2022.
NYPD Transit Chief Jason Wilcox said the Train Patrol Force will go through trains and platforms at night.
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Two NYPD officers patrol the Columbus Circle subway platform due to an increase in subway crime, New York, NY, May 17, 2021.
Fifty-four percent of subway crime occurs on trains, Wilcox said.
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Subway crime has increased by 53% over the past month compared to April 2021, according to NYPD statistics released Friday.

However, ridership increased by 56% over the same period – and the total number of crimes and assaults decreased in April 2022 compared to the previous month.

https://nypost.com/2022/05/23/nypd-revives-subway-night-patrol-unit-from-nycs-bad-old-days/ The NYPD is reviving the subway night patrol from NYC’s bad ol’ days

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