From the NY Post:
The NYPD has begun sending teams of uniformed city cops onto commuter trains to patrol the suburban rails outside the Big Apple in a surprise move that startled MTA police brass and angered their union officials, The Post has learned.
An NYPD sergeant and eight officers -- all transit cops on overtime -- made their maiden voyage on Nov. 24, boarding Metro-North trains out of Grand Central Terminal around 6:15 a.m. heading north to Yonkers on the Harlem River line, according to police sources.
The nine officers reached their destination at around 7 a.m., took a return trip south to the 125th Street Station and then switched to a northbound commuter train heading back up to Yonkers. They then headed back to Grand Central on an 8 a.m. rush-hour train.
Each cop was paid nearly three hours of overtime, which comes out of the recent $35 million in federal funds earmarked to help defray NYPD anti-terror train, bus and ferry salaries, according to sources.
The NYPD plans to send out the nine cops several times a week on random patrols as part of their expanding anti-terror efforts and push to bolster potential targets like the regional rail lines.
But MTA police union President Raymond Gimmler said his officers don't need the help.
"I think it is a waste of resources," Gimmler said. "The NYC transit system is their primary responsibility."