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D.C. Metro crime down, but higher than other cities

Bus| March 2, 2012
The agency released a five-year crime report showing that crime on the transit system has decreased since 2010, but the crime rate was still higher in 2011 than at other major transit agencies.

NFTA eyes transit police takeover by sheriff

Bus| February 23, 2012
While the move could eliminate many redundancies between the two police forces, yearly savings estimates were said to be between $1 million and $1.9 million in a $10 million budget.
Bus| February 8, 2012

DART offered extra security after shootings

The Dallas police and TSA offered to help secure area bus and train stations. The agency will not make any security decisions until it finishes investigating the shooting.
Rail| January 24, 2012

N.Y. subway crime jumps 16% in 2011

Rise fueled primarily by thefts of personal electronics. Police have added 243 new officers to patrol the subways.
Bus| December 15, 2011

TriMet bolsters fare enforcement, revenues

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.
Bus| December 8, 2011

D.C. Metro transit police cut theft numbers

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.

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