BART may be hiring more police officers

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BART officials on Thursday will discuss potentially hiring more police officers. 

They could hire as many as 19 new officers if the proposal is passed. 

This will depend if the board thinks there is enough money in the budget to pay for the increased patrols. 

Many BART riders have said in the past they don’t see enough patrols on trains, and it’s seeing more police that helps riders to feel safer especially after how violent last year was on BART. 

According to the BART police crime report of 2018, there were three homicides, 130 different cases of aggravated assault, and 349 robberies. 

Violent crime increased by 15% compared to the year before. 

On any given day, there are about 420,000 BART riders and every year, more people ride BART so the question is — are more officers needed to keep up? 

The public is invited to attend the meeting at their office in Oakland. 

The board will begin going through the agenda at 9 a.m.

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