After an experienced detective was assaulted on a subway platform, Mayor Eric Adams sought to change his newly announced patrol plan, reported CBS News.
The assault took place on the No. 3 line at the Pennsylvania Avenue Station in East New York on Tuesday Night. And as of right now, city Hall says it’s modifying the plan, but police unions have a different take.
“This could have been a tragedy,” stated Paul DiGiacomo, president of the Detectives Endowment Association. “I immediately reached out to the mayor last night and he said he is going to modify the one-man patrol and put two men on the trains, themselves.”
A City Hall spokesman stated that the solo patrols aren’t being abandoned, just modified. Later, the NYPD issued the following statement:
“We are continuing with the solo patrol concept by spreading officers out on posts, but with the caveat that they be within sight of one another,” stated a spokesperson. “This will increase visibility of police officers looking out for the riding public, while at the same time looking out for each other.”
Mayor Adams had initially hoped to increase police presence on the trains by splitting up the teams. But is now troubled by the attack, allegedly perpetrated by a young adult with a history of police run-ins.
Police say Alex Eremin was smoking a cigarette when the cop asked him to put it out. Instead, he reportedly hurled himself down the stairs and when the detective tried to help he tried to take him down the stairs with him. He also made several attempts to grab the cop’s gun.
“The detective could have lost his life,” DiGiacomo said. “If you look at the history of policing in transit and you look at the transit police officers that were killed, most of them were killed doing single-person patrol.”
While the new program will not enforce one-man units, it will continue to break up the clusters of cops standing together on train platforms.