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
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.