Metro North Security After Paris Attack
(This story was originally posted by Matt Bolger at wpdh.com)
The terrorist attack on Paris will increase security measures on Metro North, but there is no official word on how it will impact commute times. The MTA is increasing patrols on all its trains, including Metro North. Surveillance will increase on all commuter lines and at Grand Central Station.
Mid Hudson News reports that an increase in plain clothes police and increased bag checks will only be a couple of measures taken to increase security.
Police K-9 teams and units with heavy weapons will provide extra protection as well as a noticeable sign of increased security. Railroad customers will also see surge patrols, increased step-on/step-off patrols of trains, and random bag checks at various locations.
The New York State Police and National Guard will also be at various locations, not only for extra security, but to help reassure the public that their safety is priority number one.
The latest from Paris is that France has launched bombing strikes on Islamic State positions in Syria on Sunday. Friday's attack in Paris killed more than 130 and Police in Europe have expanded their investigation of the coordinated attack.
New York City Police Commissioner William Bratton was on "Face the Nation" this morning to talk about how New York City is dealing with the attack in Paris. Bratton said New York has been beefing security up for quite some time before Friday's incident.