A New Technology for Weapon Detection in the Subway: The Good, the Bad, and the Misguided

Mayor Adams announces implementation of weapons detection technology in NYC subway system

In an effort to enhance safety for New Yorkers, the mayor and police commissioner of the city announced a new technology to detect weapons in the subway system. The pilot program could begin in a few months, with the impact and use policy for electromagnetic weapons detection systems set to be published soon. However, the announcement was met with criticism from the Legal Aid Society, which called the city’s approach misguided and costly. The group expressed concerns about false alarms and potential panic induced by gun detection systems.

Meanwhile, Governor Kathy Hochul has been working to improve safety underground by deploying the National Guard and State Police for random bag checks. Commissioner Caban has also been engaging with riders to understand their concerns. Despite these efforts, transit crime in the city has seen a 4% increase this year compared to last year, and an 8% increase compared to 14 years ago.

To address these concerns, the NYPD announced plans to assign 800 additional officers for a week-long crackdown on subway fare evaders. Additionally, the city is hiring more clinicians to provide assistance to those dealing with mental illness. These efforts are part of a broader strategy to improve safety and security in the subway system.

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