Security and Safety

Kansas City to add dedicated police for bus system

Posted on January 25, 2016

Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte will join the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority (KCATA) on Wednesday to sign a landmark agreement dedicating transit officers to Kansas City’s bus system.

The agreement between the KCATA and the Kansas City Police Department for the first time will give the KCATA two full-time police officers to safeguard the thousands who count on public transportation to get around.

The two new full-time officers will complement the 39 off-duty police officers, who provide up to 100 hours a week of protection depending on officer availability. Also, the KCATA will hire a full time public safety manager with a law enforcement background.

The new transit officers will give the KCATA the ability to immediately and rapidly respond around the clock to any incident.

“This will be a historic first for the KCATA,” said Sam Desue, chief operating officer for the KCATA. “While assaults represent just a fraction of the more than 15 million passenger trips taken each year, we are intent on protecting our passengers and drivers.”

Under the proposed agreement with the police department, the transit officers dedicated to the KCATA will be in police uniforms and patrol the bus system in Kansas City police cars. They will be responsible for the security of passengers and drivers on the buses and at transit stops, as well as the KCATA’s staff and property.

The transit officers will supplement the off-duty officers, who will continue providing protection for the riding public. This year, the KCATA will double the amount of money it will spend on overall bus security.

“Our bus system is safe,” Desue said. “Our bold, new agreement with the Kansas City Police Department illustrates our commitment to ensuring public transportation remains safe. It also sends a message that we will not tolerate any illegal activity on our buses.”

View comments or post a comment on this story. (1 Comment)

More News

Officials mull using Madison buses for texting-while-driving surveillance

The plan, contigent on a federal grant, would give deputies the ability to search for distracted drivers from a higher vantage point.

APTA announces annual rail safety award winners

The Rail Safety & Security Excellent Awards recognizes exceptional safety and security programs for rail systems in North America.

Man arrested after suspicious backpack scare at Portland rail station

Police said the backpack contained no explosives, however, items were protruding from the backpack to make it look dangerous.

BART police sharing crime data with website to boost public access

The site will process the crime data with its advanced mapping engine to show where the crime has occurred within the system.

 

Toronto's Metrolinx has shared smart card user data with police

The agency said it has received 26 requests so far in 2017 from police forces for “tap history” from Presto cards and has granted 12 of the requests.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (1)

More From The World's Largest Fleet Publisher

Automotive Fleet

The Car and truck fleet and leasing management magazine

Business Fleet

managing 10-50 company vehicles

Fleet Financials

Executive vehicle management

Government Fleet

managing public sector vehicles & equipment

TruckingInfo.com

THE COMMERCIAL TRUCK INDUSTRY’S MOST IN-DEPTH INFORMATION SOURCE

Work Truck Magazine

The number 1 resource for vocational truck fleets

Schoolbus Fleet

Serving school transportation professionals in the U.S. and Canada

LCT Magazine

Global Resource For Limousine and Bus Transportation

Please sign in or register to .    Close