042408hercules.jpgStarting today, teams of six NYPD officers will be patrolling the subway system in 12 hour shifts to thwart would-be terrorists. You’ll be able to easily identify the squads – called “Torch Teams” – by their rifles, MP5 submachine guns, handguns, body armor and bomb-sniffing dogs.

The program is being paid for with $151 million from taxpayers nationwide, allocated through D.C. The Torch Teams will function like the similarly equipped NYPD “Hercules Teams” (pictured) above ground.

WCBS says this “a fist [sic] for mass transit in the United States.” The NYPD’s spokesperson calls them “Hercules teams with MetroCards.”

Photo by Dietrich.