The New York Police Department is shrinking, and the department can’t hire the number of cops it would like to.
Fox 5 News has learned that help is coming from security screeners at the area airports.
They’ll be replacing some police officers in the subway who do bag searches.
But some critics say this is just another clear example that the economy has affected security.
Within the next two months, Transportation Security Administration bag screeners from Kennedy, LaGuardia and Newark Liberty airports will be replacing most NYPD cops in the subway that screen bags for explosives.
Because of the police officer shortage, the NYPD needs to take these police officers and put them on the street to fight crime.
The TSA would not confirm this program is taking place, but did tell Fox 5 News that a program like this would not affect safety at area airports.
This is how it would work: About 30 TSA screeners a day will be pulled from the three area airports Monday through Friday to inspect bags at various subway locations throughout the city.
At each location they’ll be teamed up with one police officer instead of the two or three officers you currently see at inspection sites.
The Patrolmen’s Benevolent Association is blasting the plan, saying despite the city’s financial crisis the city needs to hire more cops.
According to the PBA, the city has 4,000 fewer cops on the street than it did in 2001.
“There are not enough police officers in New York City to effectively fight crime and terrorism simultaneously and (having to implement) this kind of program is verification of that fact,” the PBA said in a statement.
Plus the union says searching bags in a subway could turn “dangerous and deadly,” which TSA screeners aren’t trained or armed to handle.
The TSA workers have had three hours of classroom training regarding legal issues and subway safety and three hours of training on the equipment used to screen bags.
Officials, the NYPD has said this not a done deal yet, even though sources have told Fox 5 that it is going to happen.
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“There are certain thresholds that this individual needs to meet in our behavioral detection program.
McCauley denied any profiling takes place during the screening and said the BDO’s are trained on cultural sensitivity as well.
“Nobody wants their rights infringed upon, but if you’re not doing anything wrong, what are you worried about?” said traveler James Vint.
But, not all travelers feel that way, saying the screening is too subjective.
“Some people get nervous about smaller things than others,” said traveler Anthony Platt. “So, I really don’t think nervousness is a good indicator.”
McCauley said the behavioral screening has been in place for a while, but most travelers have no idea it even exists.
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A 25-year-old Olney man, a security officer with the U.S. Department of Homeland Security, has been charged with third-degree sexual offense for having sex with a 15-year-old Gaithersburg girl, according to charging documents filed in Montgomery County District Court.
The girl reported to police that she told the man to ‘‘stop,” according to the documents.
Troy Daniel Fisher, 25, of the 3700 block of Cherry Valley Drive was arrested Thursday after turning himself in to police, said Jeannette Wright, a county police spokeswoman. Consensual sex with a minor younger than 16 is illegal; charges incurred often depend on the age of the minor involved and circumstances, said Officer Melanie Hadley, another police spokeswoman.
Fisher paid the $10,000 bond set by the District Court Commissioner’s office and was released from custody, said William L. Smith, warden of the Montgomery County Detention Center.
‘‘We’re going through a very traumatic time right now and we’re in prison in our home,” the girl’s mother said Sunday.
Her daughter is in therapy, taking medication and afraid to go outside, she said. The Gazette is not identifying the girl’s mother because the newspaper does not identify sex-assault victims.
Fisher could not be reached for comment Tuesday.
Charging documents filed by police tell this story:
Fisher engaged in a sexual act and intercourse with the girl on May 22. She reported to police on May 23 that she consented but began feeling pain and told him to ‘‘stop.” She told police that Fisher refused, saying ‘‘he wanted to finish.”
The documents also state that Fisher provided a written statement acknowledging the sex but denied that the girl asked him to stop.
Fisher is a transportation security officer at Washington Dulles International Airport with homeland’s Transportation Security Administration, which provides airport screening and other security to U.S. transportation systems, according to court documents.
‘‘TSA is aware of this situation and takes the matter very seriously,” said spokeswoman Lauren Wolf in an e-mail to The Gazette. ‘‘This individual has been suspended without pay pending further investigation.”
His attorney, Michael J. Banks filed a motion on Thursday requesting a speedy trial and seeking to suppress statements, physical evidence and all pre-trial and in-court identifications of his client, as well as any evidence derived from statements, seizures and identifications. The motion has not yet been ruled on.
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Chris Harrington’s, the TSA officer, stopped the family before they could got on the plane and called for medical assistance.Medics on scene determined that the infant was suffering from a serious seizure and had a temperature of 103 degrees. The baby was rushed to the hospital just in time.Harrgington said that he was just doing his job and that tries to assist passangars in any way that he can. The family thinks something different and said his quick response probably prevented a much more serious situation.
The child was released from the hospital and the family has since continued their trip.