The NYPD announced on Thursday, April 12 that Neighborhood Policing – the department’s new crime-fighting strategy which mirrors the old beat cop and emphasizes crime reduction and collaborative problem solving within communities – will expand into the city’s subway system beginning with one transit district in Brooklyn and another in the Bronx.
The program will begin in districts 12 and 30. District 30 covers Brooklyn stations along the 2, 3, 4, 5, A, C, B, D, Q, F, G and R lines, while District 12 encompasses Bronx stations along the 2, 5 and 6 lines.
“Neighborhoods and communities take many shapes and forms throughout our great city—and not just above ground,” said Police Commissioner James O’Neill, thanking the MTA for its partnership in the program. “They exist in the subways among regular riders, the repair and maintenance workers and many others who depend on this vital transportation network and its safety. By expanding Neighborhood Policing into Transit, we’re going to continue to reduce crime, solve problems specific to these areas, and build better relationships with the nearly six million riders who use the system each weekday.”
The NYPD began rolling out its Neighborhood Policing program in 2015. The program will be coming to the 62nd Precinct later this month, and to the 68th early this summer.