NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — If you take the subway late at night, don’t be too surprised if you run into New York Police Department Commissioner Bill Bratton.

The commissioner said he will be riding late-night subways in an effort to get a first-hand look at the quality-of-life problems straphangers face.

The announcement was made Tuesday at the New York City Police Foundation’s annual State of the NYPD breakfast.

Bratton said he wants to make sure smaller problems don’t become major issues.

He said he also wants to see whether the subway system has once again become a shelter for the homeless who refuse help.

Bratton didn’t comment on when or how often he’ll be taking the late-night rides.

Bratton headed the Transit Police in 1990 before his first tenure as NYPD commissioner in 1994. The transit police are now part of the NYPD.

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