Police on busses

ExcelsiorMom's picture

Supposedly police are sometimes supposed to patrol the busses.  I have never seen a police officer on a bus unless they were called in special and had to remove someone from the bus.  I know this would take a lot of time off of their usual patrol routes.  But I'd love to see some more police presence on the buses.  Even if it was members of the academy doing some training.

ijc's picture

Muni is not a free for all

 

I too have never seen police on the Muni and I take it 2, 3, even 4 times a day every day of the week. I see people sneaking on the bus to avoid the $2.00 fee too often; therefore the SF Police should show their faces more frequently. The bus is for the public, hence the name “public transit,” by the public and it’s only right for the public to pay their fair share. The people who sneak onto the Muni know they can and that the police are rarely ever on the bus to catch them.  There has also been crime on the Muni and Bart recently, which does not settle well with residents. This City should be looking for ways to prevent crimes on public transit from happening as a priority. All I ask is for just a little bit more regulation on the busses so citizens feel like the bus is a right, rather than a free for all unsafe mode of transportation. 

Phil Ting's picture

Safety on MUNI

Policing or safety patrols on MUNI makes sense especially after all the violent incidents which occur.  It's not fair to expect MUNI bus drivers to driver and maintain safety.  The bus routes with the highest number of incidents should have police or saftey patrols.  After the number of incidents in Bayview on MUNI platforms and stops, the City helped put together a civilian volunteers to be eyes on the street with great success.

http://www.sfexaminer.com/local/muni-crime-slowing-after-crackdown

gcotter's picture

Safety Monitors:

Maybe we need to have "Safety Monitors" on buses.  It could be volunteer or very low paid individuals whose purpose is to make sure fares are paid, no grafitti, and just generally preserve decorum.  Maybe we could have it funded by corporations through grants.  

Didn't we have something like that once before?  They wore red berets and/or arm bands?  It was a way of getting youth involved in maintaining safety instead of mayhem as I recall.  

At a time when young higj school graduates can't find jobs, this could offer structure and training as well as peer pressure to other youth to behave while on Muni.

 

Thoughts?

Ben Shore's picture

Interesting ideas on MUNI safety

I too ride MUNI to and from work everyday. And while my route (from the Marina to Union Square and back) isn't exactly a high crime route, I still would like to see some kind of safety patrol on MUNI. Our police department is stretched thin as it is so having officers on-board doesn't seem feasible. I like the idea of getting high school grads who can't find jobs to be something like "safety monitors" but I just don't know how effective they would be without legitimate authority and against someone or a gang of people with a weapon. I agree with Phil that the high crime rate busses should absolutely have some kind of patrol however.

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