Why you’re seeing heightened security at train stations across New York

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RENSSELAER, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Multiple law enforcement agencies and first responders are holding safety drills at train stations across New York State Wednesday, including the Albany-Rensselaer train station, as part of the governor’s “Operation NY Secure” initiative.

The initiative is meant to help improve cooperation between law enforcement agencies on rail lines and help first responders prepare for actual emergencies.

Travelers in Rensselaer say they don’t mind a little extra security presence, especially if it’s in the name of safety.

“I think it’s great. Anything to make it safe,” said Brian O’Donnell. “Moderate delays are not a big deal. You get here early and you’re fine.”

Passenger stations from Albany to Yonkers can expect to see first responders and state agencies in train stations Wednesday, conducting counter-terrorism and incident response exercises. The exercises could include heightened platform patrols, increased security presence onboard trains, and canine sweeps.

Police say, as always, their message remains, “if you see something, say something.”

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