NYPD’s controversial solo transit patrol policy has already been tweaked because of an incident involving a detective being assaulted while on patrol in the Pennsylvania Avenue station in Brooklyn by himself Tuesday night.
Mayor Eric Adams said that officers will now be able to remain within eyesight of each other while working the city’s subway stations. The adjustment was made after Adams spoke with Detectives’ Endowment Association leader Paul DiGiacomo and the head of the PBA, Patrick Lynch, on Tuesday.
“We [and Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell] immediately said we have to adjust. We’re not going to be so rigid that we’re not going to adjust to accomplish the task that we need.”
“We are continuing with the solo patrol concept by spreading officers out on posts but with the caveat that they be within sight of one another,” an NYPD spokesperson said in a statement.
“This will increase visibility of police officers looking out for the riding public while at the same time looking out for each other,” the spokesperson said.