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NEW YORK — Mayor Eric Adams hastily withdrew from individual subway patrols after an experienced detective working alone was assaulted on a subway platform in eastern New York on Tuesday, the same day the program is announced.

As CBS2’s Marcia Kramer reported Wednesday, City Hall says it’s changing the plan, but police unions have a different approach.

It was kind of an embarrassing position for the mayor. After all, he was a transit captain and is determined to make the NYPD more efficient. But the Police Benevolent Association and the Detectives Union paired him up, and he knows full well that it’s important the cops know he’s got his back if he wants to reduce crime.

“It could have been a tragedy,” said Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives Endowment Association. “I immediately contacted the mayor last night and he said he was going to change the one man patrol and put two men on the trains themselves.”

DiGiacomo was talking about how a detective with 10 years of experience was mugged on the No. 3 line platform at Pennsylvania Station in eastern New York on Tuesday night and nearly lost his gun to of the aggressor.

DiGiacomo called the mayor and asked him to rethink his plan, as did PBA President Pat Lynch.

“The detective could have lost his life,” DiGiacomo said. “If you look at the history of transit policing and you look at the transit police who have been killed, most of them were killed on patrol of a single person.”

A City Hall spokesperson told CBS2 that solo patrols aren’t being discontinued, just being modified. Later, the NYPD released the following statement:

“We are continuing the concept of solo patrol by distributing officers to posts, but with the caveat that they are within sight of each other. This will increase the visibility of police officers on the lookout for the public. of the constituency, while at the same time watching out for each other,” a spokesperson said.

The mayor said: “The conversation was really about how do we achieve the goal we want? How do we get omnipresence and how do we make sure the officers are safe? And we came up with a real meeting of the minds of us separate solo patrols look at each other.”

Adams, who had hoped to increase police presence on trains by splitting crews, was apparently troubled by the attack, which was allegedly carried out by a 24-year-old who has a history of run-ins with cops. According to police, Alex Eremin was smoking a cigarette when the cop asked him to put it out. Instead, Eremin allegedly rushed down the stairs and when the detective tried to help him, he tried to take her up the stairs with him. Police say Eremin made several attempts to grab the cop’s gun.

Kramer asked DiGiacomo what it means for cops to be “within sight” of each other.

“Well, the sight means you’d probably be in the next car and you could see from car to car to make sure you’re okay, or at every stop the officers would stick their heads out and look and stalk. would make sure they’re okay,” DiGiacomo said.

While the new program isn’t exactly individual units, it should break up the groups of cops who hang out together and often stare at their phones, which is what we see sometimes.


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