MTA officials skeptical of the NYPD’s show of force in the subways surveyed the system over the last week and found cops were mostly nowhere to be found, The Post has learned.
Transit workers visited 2,928 stations from Saturday, May 15 through this past Monday, May 24 — and spotted cops only 14 percent of the time, an MTA source said.
On some days, the workers observed police at as few as four percent of stations.
The most police coverage observed was on Friday, May 21, when 31 percent of the 334 stations surveyors visited had a visible police presence, the source said.
The previous Monday through Thursday, surveyors observed cops at just 16 percent of stations — even after Mayor Bill de Blasio’s pledge to add 125 extra cops to the morning and evening rush hours.
Publicly available Transit Bureau stats set to be presented by NYPD at Wednesday’s MTA board meeting will show crime dropped from March to April — as MTA leaders and city officials traded barbs over safety on the subway.
An NYPD officer at Union Square subway station.Anthony Behar/Sipa USA
Overall, police reported 111 major felonies during the month of April, compared to 118 the previous month, the publicly available stats show. Those categories include murder, rape, robbery, grand larceny, felony assault and burglary.
April saw 2.09 crimes per million riders, according to NYPD — a continued decline in the crime rate from March, when there were 2.32 crimes per million riders, but still up from pre-pandemic levels in 2019, when there was around 1.47 crimes per rider.
The NYPD said in a statement it “remains flexible and ever prepared to reallocate its personnel to respond to any upticks in crime.”
A person on an empty subway platform on May 17, 2021Photo by ANGELA WEISS/AFP via Getty Images
“In February, the Department deployed over 500 officers to keep New Yorkers safe in our trains, stations, and platforms. An additional 250 “Special Deployment” Officers were just added to supplement patrols during peak travel hours,” an NYPD rep said.
“They are working hand in hand with the thousands of Transit officers constantly assigned to patrol the subway system as part of the NYPD Transit Bureau’s daily mission to address crime conditions and keep riders safe.”