NYPD Radios Still Don’t Work In Subway System

NEW YORK (WCBS 880) – Interference and underground reception issues are among the things preventing many of the radios used by street cops from working in the subways.

WCBS 880’s Paul Murnane talks to a former MTA security official

A company working on the project tells AM New York that they’re still waiting for the go-ahead for the upgrades that are needed to make this $144-million system work.

“If a terrorist attack should go off, the ability of the police to be able to communicate both between the transit bureau, the patrol bureau, and headquarters is absolutely essential,” says former MTA security official Nick Casale.

He suggests turning to the military at this point.

“We have to see the security procedures in place immediately. Otherwise, it’s a just a waste of funding,” says Casale.

The MTA says the NYPD is still evaluating proposed solutions.

Meanwhile, transit bureau cops and the FDNY are using the new system that allows them to communicate with each other underground.

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  • Carlos Liriano

    Kevin the underground communication problems will never be fix, if they do it they will be out of work, maybe the yoyos doing the job are not that stupid at all

  • Bartholomew Harte

    I have Got to question the SANITY of the powers that be!!
    The First Responders can’t hear each other in a crisis YET
    These A-Holes can BlowUp (Madrid)entire Stations using only Cell Phones???
    Beyond ANY reasoning and a Disgrace!!I Call or Write your elected officials
    NOW-I Will!!!!

  • jim santana

    I was a transit police officer from from 1964 to 1996 and in all that time the radios

    never worked well on the transit system.

  • joey

    transit bureau radios dont even work underground, you barely get any reception and i dont know where they get their information from bc fdny and transit bureau cannot communicate directly with each other underground

  • Marcus

    Oh Kevin, it aint a joke. You go into the “hole”, you are on your own.

  • Kevin the former Catholic

    this is a joke…right????
    almost 10 years after 911 and this still has not been fixed?

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