April 23rd, 2010
06:23 PM ET

Police, TSA partner on New York subway safety

A new effort to enhance New York subway security was announced by the Transportation Security Administration this week.

Transportation safety officers with security experience from area airports began assisting the New York Police Department with random screening of passengers' bags this Wednesday, according to police Deputy Commissioner Paul Browne.

"About a dozen TSA personnel with expertise in explosives detection are joining NYPD officers who have been screening bags for bombs in the New York subway system for the last three years," Browne said in a statement.

The officers will have handheld explosive detection devices available to them if they find something suspicious, a Homeland Security official told CNN.

The TSA says these Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response teams will help with random and unpredictable security measures, similar to other security systems at airports and transit stations across the country.

New York police introduced random bag screening at subway stations after the 2007 subway bombings in London, England.

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  1. Oklahoma29

    I hope the TSA handles the subway system better than the airlines!

    April 24, 2010 at 12:10 am | Report abuse |
  2. Josh Strike

    These TSA s.o.b.'s aren't police. Stick a fat finger in their pig faces if they try to harass you on the subway. Exercise your right as an American to be free from unwarranted search and seizure.

    This is the beginning of the final crackdown where we will all have to present papers to any nazi thug who stops us on the street, just like Casablanca; where we'll all be guilty until proven innocent; where the educated and the middle class will be exterminated so that the very rich can rule over the extremely, desperately poor in this country.

    Refuse to be searched and tell the TSA to **** off.

    April 24, 2010 at 11:28 pm | Report abuse |