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TriMet bolsters fare enforcement, revenues

Bus| December 15, 2011
Riders now have an 83% chance of either getting a $175 citation or an exclusion if they don't have a valid fare. A year ago, those odds were 35%. Additionally, the agency has been awarded a federal grant to hire four additional transit police officers, which includes a K-9 unit.

D.C. Metro transit police cut theft numbers

Bus| December 8, 2011
Plain clothes officers used decoy bicycles and electronic devices to make immediate arrests as thefts and robberies occurred on the transit system. In November, officers recorded 47 arrests for snatch robberies and bicycle theft and made separate arrests for assault, drug and weapons possession.
Rail| December 2, 2011

BART transit officers cleared in civil rights trial

A federal jury concluded that Johannes Mehserle and four others did not deprive a man of his "constitutional rights by using excessive force," as claimed, or violate California law by retaliating against him for exercising his First Amendment right to criticize the police.
Bus| November 17, 2011

D.C. Metro police adopts new crime-fighting tactics

Team using techniques such as decoy bicycles to further reduce crime in the Metro system. Since the team began their efforts about a month ago, it has made dozens of arrests, stopping would-be bicycle thieves and robbery suspects trying to escape with victims’ electronic devices such as iPhones or cash.
Bus| November 16, 2011

Plainclothes officers, station announcements used to quell handheld electronic thefts

As the popularity of handheld electronic devices such as smart phones, tablets and e-readers grows, so has the temptation for would-be thieves.
Rail| September 29, 2011

BART officers in shooting lacked crisis training

Chief of the agency’s police department admits to state legislators the two officers involved in the July 3 fatal shooting of an intoxicated, knife-wielding transient had not received training in crisis intervention methods that would help them deal with people who are mentally ill.
Accessibility| September 8, 2011

New Jersey Transit changed security approach post 9/11

This meant implementing a new level of vigilance for the agency's transit police; a long-term effort to educate riders; partnerships with local, state and federal law enforcement agencies; and an increase in special operations security training.
Bus| June 24, 2011

Niagara Frontier transit cop cleared in spraying of protester

Despite a controversial excerpt of video on YouTube showing Transit Police Officer Adam M. Brodsky pepper-spraying anti-war protester Nate Buckley, agency officials say that a longer version and a bank security video presented a more complete picture that justified Brodsky's use of pepper spray.
Bus| June 23, 2011

D.C. Metro bus drivers voice safety concerns

After three incidents in the last two weeks where operators were attacked on their routes, drivers want more transit police officers on buses. Drivers also complained of broken surveillance cameras and radios.
Bus| June 9, 2011

D.C. Metro police confiscating more guns from riders

More firearms were seized in the past two years, than the last 12 years combined, according to new transit agency data. Police recovered 65 weapons last year marking a huge spike from the 21 taken in 2009,

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