April 8, 2014
In the final stages of testing, the app will offer a menu of security features, including texting for help and summaries of crimes around particular stations. This is the transit police force’s top priority this year, as it struggles with numerous incidents of sexual harassment.
December 4, 2013
Phoenix voters in March approved Proposition 300, which allowed the city manager to hire private security guards to cite fare evaders or passengers who commit other violations. Previously, only police officers and their assistants had that authority.
November 21, 2013
The Detroit DOT may soon put more officers on city buses. The move is a response to bus drivers demanding more security, particularly after a passenger threw a bucket of bleach on a driver. The cost could be more than $2 million.
October 10, 2013
The transit officers were stripped of the special constable designation, which includes the power to make arrests, in 2010 following allegations they were exceeding their authority.
September 3, 2013
The T3 Patroller, quieter than a car or motorcycle, can travel up to 25 miles on a single charge with a top speed of 20 mph.
July 24, 2013
Transit officials are looking to train bus drivers to spot suspicious activity and implement a public awareness campaign.
May 9, 2013
Also considering ending customer service duties so the squad can focus on serious enforcement that only they can perform. The agency’s GM said that one advantage to having the police force is conducting fare enforcement, because it reduces confrontations, making riders feel safer.
May 2, 2013
Richard Donohue posted a message on the MBT Transit Police website crediting a slain MIT officer for saving his life. He is able to briefly move around with the aid of a walker. A bullet from the shootout will remain lodged in his leg.
April 16, 2013
Both agencies increased police patrols. NYPD gave additional attention to the subway system and NJ Transit reminded riders to report suspicious activity to the police.
March 13, 2013
Police have stepped up their presence on late-night trains and more undercover officers have been conducting sting operations, particularly in the seven precincts with the highest numbers of subway felonies.
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