National Guard to strengthen New York subway security

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According to new reports, National Guard soldiers in the US are being deployed in New York to help increase subway security and safety.

As outlined by Reuters, 750 soldiers will check commuter bags at the busiest stations following recent reports of assaults on commuters and transit workers.

New York Governor Kathy Hochul announced the new measure as well as a further 250 officers from the New York State Police and the state-controlled Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police to aid the effort to deter crime.

Subway security

New York City Mayor Eric Adams reportedly said that he sent approximately 1,000 additional city police officers into the subway in February after rise in assaults and thefts in January.

Adams also brought back the bag checks, a practice used occasionally by the New York Police Department.

Officers set up a table near subway turnstiles and select commuters for searches.

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