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Police Are Focusing More on Protecting the Subways

In all the murky intelligence that led to the latest terrorism alert, New York City police officials have focused this week on the threats suggested to them by one word gleaned from communications among suspected terrorists: “Underground.” And so, over the last seven days, they have stepped up efforts toward an ambitious goal — securing and monitoring a system that covers 656 miles of track and 468 stations and carries 4.8 million people a day. Since the most recent threat was made public on Friday, the police have increased patrols and checkpoints and taken a wide range of other measures throughout the city. At the same time, while officials stress that there has been no specific threat to the subway system, more undercover officers are riding the trains and the Police Department has increased patrols by its “Hercules teams.” That is the department’s name for the imposing, heavily armed and specially trained groups of officers, usually accompanied by trained dogs, who in recent months have been visiting landmarks and other possible targets. Their goal is to either disrupt attacks or terrorist surveillance. Full Story

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