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New York’s best subway cop retires after a spate of robberies, stabbings and shootings in the subway

The departures come amid a push Adams announced this week to involuntarily hospitalize people deemed too mentally ill to care for themselves.

Adams has been trying to make the subway system safer for riders in a system that has only recovered 65% of pre-pandemic riders. She announced plans to blanket train stations with 1,000 more police officers and aggressively pursue low-level crime.

Among the departing New York Police Department officials is transit chief Jason Wilcox, a 35-year veteran who used to police the city’s subway system who has battled a spate of high-profile incidents this year. .

NYPD Chief of Housing Kathleen O’Reilly, Special Operations Chief Harry Wedin and Deputy Support Services Commissioner Robert Martinez will also retire on Dec. 30.

Wilcox and O’Reilly were nominated for their roles this year.

Police Commissioner Keechant Sewell said the four were dedicated civil servants with nearly 150 years of combined experience. “It has been a privilege to serve alongside each of them and I wish them all the best in their future endeavours,” he said.

The city’s top uniformed police officer, Department Chief Kenneth Corey, also left the NYPD this week after more than 30 years. He announced his retirement in October.