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NYC Police Take No Chances With Transit During Convention Deployment

August 29, 2004
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NYC Police Take No Chances With Transit During Convention Deployment

By Michael Weissenstein, The Associated Press

NEW YORK -- Trash cans are welded shut, armed guards are watching rail yards and thousands of police officers are patrolling Penn Station in New York City's largest police deployment in memory.

Officers will be aboard every one of the more than 1,000 subway and commuter trains that roll daily into the station beneath Madison Square Garden, site of the Republican National Convention. Passengers will share platforms with bomb-sniffing dogs and chemical weapons detectors.

Security officials say police, National Guard members and state troopers will blanket the convention and the nation's largest public transit system, keeping them safe and running smoothly.

But vulnerabilities remain in a system that carries more than a half million passengers a day, and authorities are taking no chances.

Penn Station, North America's busiest train station, will be patrolled by 3,000 police officers. As many as 7,000 more officers will protect Madison Square Garden, the subways and convention-related sites -- joined by the Secret Service, FBI personnel and thousands of corrections officers, transit police and state troopers from New York, New Jersey and Connecticut.

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Also, officers will be riding city buses, particularly those passing near the convention.

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