An unprecedented number of NYPD cops are flooding the city’s streets after Saturday’s bombing and amid the UN General Assembly summit, where President Obama is set to speak Tuesday, officials said.
“You should know that you will see a very substantial NYPD presence this week — bigger than ever,” Mayor Bill de Blasio told reporters Sunday. “We would normally have an expanded presence for the United Nations General Assembly. You will see an even stronger presence now.”
Gov. Andrew Cuomo also said an additional 1,000 uniformed state police and National Guardsman are being deployed “to high-profile locations’’ throughout the state, while the MTA is increasing its patrols and bag-checks in the city.
Scores of NYPD cops patrolled the streets of Chelsea on Sunday, with more than 50 uniformed officers stationed on Sixth Avenue between 23rd and 24th streets near the blast site. At least 10 more officers were stationed at the intersections of Sixth and Seventh avenues and West 27th street, where the pressure cooker was found. That block was also crawling with the NYPD’s Technical Assistance Response Unit agents and supervisors.
NYPD Chief of Department Carlos Gomez said all five boroughs will see the increased police presence, with K9 units and random searches happening on street corners and in the subways.
“Commuters in our transit system will be greeted by more officers, Gomez said. “We’ll be doing enhanced bag checks throughout the city. Not just in the hubs, we’ll be picking random stations throughout the city. There will be more K9 units in the transit system, and heavy weapons teams will also be assigned to our transit hubs and certain stations.”
NYPD Commissioner James O’Neill admitted that he was “concerned” about the perfect security storm created by the bombing and the UNGA, which brings international leaders and diplomats to New York City.
We had a bomb detonated on 23rd Street and have no one apprehended,” O’Neill said, after reminding the public that New York has been hosting the UNGA for years. “Of course, I’m concerned. But… I know we’re going to find out who did this and they’ll be brought to justice,” he concluded.
Obama and his presidential motorcade are scheduled to arrive in Manhattan on Sunday evening.
The MTA was bypassing 23rd and 28th streets in Chelsea on the No. 1 and E and F lines until further notice.
C trains are running on a normal Sunday schedule, making station stops at the 23rd Street and Eighth Avenue station.
An MTA spokeswoman could not confirm what train service and bus lines would look like Monday morning and recommended that commuters monitor the MTA website for the latest service updates.
Source : http://nypost.com/2016/09/18/nypd-beefs-up-security-with-un-general-assembly-on-horizon/