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Bay Area Rapid Transit (BART) earlier this week was awarded a $1.7 million grant from the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA) to fund police patrols on trains traveling through San Francisco.
The grant will enable BART to fund another year of deployment of its critical asset patrol (CAP) team, and continue to hire new officers to fill 19 additional positions, BART officials said in a press release.
“These funds are essential to our efforts to boost riders’ sense of security and prevent crime from occurring in our system,” said BART General Manager Bob Powers.
BART’s CAP team consists of seven officers and one sergeant who are assigned full time to high visibility patrol on trains, platforms and in stations primarily in core San Francisco underground BART stations.