Commuters passing through the Croton Harmon Train Station on Thursday morning may see delays as MTA Police conduct an emergency exercise.
The MTA Police are partnering with the New York State Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services and New York State Police for Operation NY SECURE (Securing the Empire Corridor by Unifying Regional Efforts.)
According to Croton-on-Hudson officials who released an alert on Wednesday afternoon, the exercise includes 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.”
During the drill, officers will be spread out on platforms and step into the train cars to perform a brief "step-on inspections" as the trains are loading/unloading passengers. MTA PD will be at all the stations listed as well. Metro-North will be making station announcements as well as onboard train announcements to inform all customers of the increased Police presence.
Officials warned that while the training exercise is in effect, commuters should give themselves extra time to reach their train and destination. They also noted that “this is just an exercise, not a real emergency.”
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