1,000 officers to patrol 472 subway stations to monitor homeless, keep subways clean

Hundreds of officers were dispatched overnight to remove homeless New Yorkers so the subways could be cleaned.

News 12 Staff

May 6, 2020, 10:11 AM

Updated 1,475 days ago

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Hundreds of officers were dispatched overnight to remove homeless New Yorkers so the subways could be cleaned.
Signs were posted at subway stations across the city stopping anyone from getting in between 1 a.m. and 5 a.m., as well as taping off the entrances.
Officers for weeks have been assigned to make sure riders are not packing trains.
Now even more officers are being dispatched to remove the homeless on board, so workers can start deep cleaning and disinfecting hundreds of trains and platforms.
News 12 is told about 1,000 officers will be patrolling 472 subway stations.
The shutdowns are part of an effort to stop the spread of COVID-19 and keep essential workers safe. City officials say people who are homeless will be helped to find shelter.
As for how long this initiative will be going on, officials say they’re taking it day by day.
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