GOVERNOR CUOMO ANNOUNCES THE LAUNCH OF MULTI-AGENCY AMTRAK RAIL SAFETY EXERCISES
Operation NY SECURE: Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State Police, and Local Law Enforcement Agencies Join Amtrak and MTA Police to Secure the Empire Corridor from Albany to New York City
Governor Andrew M. Cuomo today announced the launch of "Operation NY S.E.C.U.R.E." (Securing the Empire Corridor by Unifying Regional Efforts), the first multi-agency effort on Amtrak's Empire Line to promote better cooperation between law enforcement agencies and improve the state's capabilities to respond to actual emergencies on rail lines. Participating agencies in today's exercises include the Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, State Police, Metropolitan Transit Authority, Amtrak Police, and several local law enforcement agencies.
"Keeping New Yorkers safe is our top priority," Governor Cuomo said. "This operation gives all levels of public safety partners the opportunity to coordinate and prepare for terrorist threats and emergency situations on our rail lines and I look forward to continuing the successful partnership with Amtrak and all of our law enforcement partners."
Officers will perform counter terrorism and incident response exercises at passenger train stations and along the right-of-way in Amtrak's Empire Corridor and on Metro-North's Hudson Line. This coordinated effort involves activities such as heightened platform patrols, increased security presence onboard trains, explosives detection canine sweeps, and counter-surveillance measures. The goal of this operation is to improve coordination and response between the railroad police agencies that are responsible for each station, and the state and local law enforcement agencies that will be responding to emergencies at those locations.
Operation NY Secure will take place on Amtrak's Empire Line and Metro-North's Hudson Line from the Albany/Rensselaer station to New York City's Penn Station at the following passenger train stations: