OAKLAND (KCBS) – A new team of transit police officers has begun patrolling BART trains, walking through the cars to deter any potential terrorist attack.

The Critical Asset Patrol Team deployed since Jan. 10 will also deal with petty crime in the system while the rest of BART’s police force focuses on parking lots and station platforms, said spokesman Linton Johnson.

“We want to have high visibility. We want to deter anybody from trying to do something bad to BART and having these officers out there is going to be an excellent deterrent. We have lots of other measures in place that we won’t talk about,” he said.

KCBS’ Tim Ryan Reports:

Johnson said passengers have routinely asked for a greater police presence on the trains.

BART Police Lt. Aaron Ledford said key areas for the patrol include some of the system’s most vulnerable spots such as the Transbay Tube. The new team is taking counter terror classes funded with a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.

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Comments (10)
  1. Charlie says:

    Really, panhandling and selling junk are a higher priority to you than a potential terroist attack? Wow buddy, get YOUR priorities straight. If somebody manages to perpetrate a big terrorist act on your train, guess what, you’ll go down with the bum and the thief. Let’s protect you along with them – from terrorism, not from petty little b.s. things.

  2. pp says:

    i agree with you. charlie is just one of those idiots falling for the paranoia the media is feeding us. the chance of a terrorist blowing up a bart train is extremely slim. america is paranoid and it’s getting really old. why worry about something that most likely won’t even happen? there is evidence that the govt knew something was going to happen before 9/11 but that still happened. we can’t stop crazy people from doing these things because they will always find ways to get it done. stop worrying about it and just live your life.

    1. kpd75 says:

      Where do you get your info? We are more at risk each day, I do not work for the Feds. I do however teach terrorism and the response to same.
      It is not if we will be attacked but when.

  3. Joe Black says:

    Uh oh. Now the terrorists will have to deploy their Counter-counter-terrorism team.

  4. JD says:

    Really??? You think America is paranoid??? You think counter terrorism is a waste??? That is the same mindset that allowed a group of rag-tag fanatics to bring us to our knees on 9/11. We need to be “paranoid”!!! We need to be pro-active!!! Terror groups thrive in areas that are ignorant to the possibilities of mass destruction and casualties. Pick up your morning paper and read it!

  5. ava8harrierusmc1 says:

    Ya but what happens when they start sheaching you just because you look different or they just have a feeling about that guy and throw him on the ground. Fisrt thing you must remember is people with power sometime abuse that power. Do you really want some guys in full combat gear walking around on Bart. Not thatI don’t have my own gear but think about this people think very hard we are turning into a police state.

  6. Oge says:

    We need to be vigilant but not to the point of paranoia. What’s the point of living if we are constantly paranoid? A delicate balance but achievable. The last thing we need are paranoid cops and innocent, short tempered folks …. a very bad mix.

  7. Rick says:

    Well folks we really do need to remain diligent in our efforts to combat terrorism. However the US Governmant could do us all better service by not allowing these germs into our country. Please whats wrong with people who want to enter our country having to have a valid reason and pledging there allegance to our freedoms instead of manipulating our laws. I’m sure that the Transit Police for BART are professional and dedicated police officers. All you people must understand that the Transit Police must prepare for the worst . Hopefully they are preparing for any type of incident that may occure. After an incident occures is not the time to begin to prepare, It’s to late then. And please folks Police officers are the last who want a Police state. We also cherish our US Constitution

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