Security and Safety

San Diego MTS police chief passes away

Posted on June 30, 2015

Bill Burke, the chief of police for the San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (MTS), passed away Monday of unknown causes. He was 68 years old. Burke started with MTS in 2001, was promoted to director of security in 2004 and became its first chief of police in 2011. Prior to working with MTS, Burke was the chief of police for the Cook County Sheriff’s Department in Chicago.

“Bill will be missed greatly at MTS,” said Paul Jablonski, CEO of MTS. “He brought many innovations to MTS and helped our system become one of the safest in the nation. More than that, Bill was a gentleman who earned respect from every one of his colleagues. Our thoughts and prayers go out to his friends and family.”

Burke was responsible for several significant improvements to the MTS system, including:
•    Closed-circuit TV at Trolley stations.
•    On-board cameras on Trolleys and buses.
•    Body cameras on code compliance inspectors.
•    Initiation of TSA-trained canine teams for MTS.
•    Close working relationships with all local law enforcement agencies, TSA and Homeland Security.
•    Development of the local "See Something, Say Something" campaign.

Burke is survived by his wife Janice, three children and five grandchildren. Effective immediately, Deputy Director of Transit Security Manuel Guaderrama was named the acting director of security for MTS.

View comments or post a comment on this story. (0 Comments)

More News

Metra launches 'COPS' safety mobile app

The app automatically disables the user’s smartphone flash to ensure discretion, and reports can be made anonymously.

RTC of Southern Nevada showcases 'work zone of the future' tech

Demo included traffic cones, barrels, arrow boards, construction, and inspection vehicles — all outfitted with new tech that can communicate with passing vehicles and traffic engineers

SacRT among agencies recognized with TSA's Gold Standard Award

The recognition goes to agencies that achieve top scores during an annual review of 17 categories.

D.C. Metro campaign aims to 'STOP' harassment

The ads empower riders to report and intervene if they witness or experience an incident of harassment.

Chicago completes surveillance camera upgrade on rail system

In total, 660 existing cameras were upgraded and 340 cameras were added.

See More News

Post a Comment

Post Comment

Comments (0)

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