New Yorkers got a preview of what security will look like next week as cops swarmed Madison Square Garden and uniformed detectives rode the subways yesterday in preparation for the Republican National Convention, reports the New York Daily News. Yesterday marked the start of the NYPD’s efforts to thwart terrorists by deploying a very large and visible uniformed police presence, as well as more secretive roving units like the elite Hercules and Atlas teams.
Last week, dozens of cops assigned to the Organized Crime Control Bureau were told to drop their cases, get into uniform and ride the train for 12-hour shifts over the next two weeks. That operation, dubbed “Transit Enhancement,” began yesterday at 1 p.m. The NYPD is doing everything it can to make sure no one will have access to the frozen zone around the Garden. Private garbage haulers assigned to pick up trash in the area will not be allowed in. The trash will be picked up by city sanitation workers who have been screened by the Secret Service, cops said yesterday. Police have begun welding sewer caps shut and erecting concrete barriers in the area.