NY Transit Cops Can Now Communicate With Police Above Ground

NEW YORK (AP) -

New York City transit officers can finally communicate on their radios with police above ground.

Until this year, officers in the transit system went silent when they went into the stations. That’s because police were on two different radio channels, and officers above ground could not talk to officers below.

Police officials said Wednesday that radios have finally been re-programmed in the Bronx and in Manhattan. The rest of the city is coming online this spring.

The change was funded with a $100 million grant that was used mostly to upgrade the existing technology.

Police said there are as many as 6 million subway riders per day, and an average of 6 and ½ crimes per day, mostly theft.