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Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Transit Police launched a new YouTube channel for the release of surveillance video to the public in an effort to quickly identify suspects of crimes on the system.
"This initiative gives us the ability to easily distribute video to a wide audience as another tool to solve cases," said SEPTA Transit Police Chief Thomas Nestel in a news release. "The YouTube channel is also a way for SEPTA Transit Police to create an ongoing dialogue with SEPTA employees and riders."
SEPTA Transit Police officers worked with Philadelphia police officers to learn how the Philadelphia Police Department has used the digital platform successfully. Each video will include a narrative summarizing the incident, as well as any relevant surveillance video and photos.
The first video published on the channel shows the assault of a SEPTA employee. SEPTA is offering a $1,000 reward for information that leads to the arrest of the suspect.