Through the added visibility of uniformed police officers and BART staff wearing high-visibility vests, transit officials hope to deter criminal activity in the system and violations of the transit agency's rules.
"We are taking concrete action in direct response to the concerns of our riders," BART General Manager Grace Crunican said Monday in a statement.
"Our riders want to see more employees on the trains and platforms and at the fare gates," Crunican said. "This plan lets us immediately increase employee presence while we work to hire more police officers."
Starting in July, Crunican is hoping to add 19 positions for police officers to the budget. They've reduced the number of vacant positions for police officers from 41 to 20.
In other business
* A federal judge announced in a recent ruling that he plans to issue a preliminary injunction requiring the Alameda County Sheriff's Office to take steps to reduce sleep deprivation of female inmates.
U.S. District Judge James Donato of San Francisco ruled March 27 in a civil rights lawsuit filed by Santa Rita Jail inmates Tikisha Upshaw and Tyreka Stewart.
The women claim their physical and cognitive health is endangered because they are allowed only five hours of sleep before being awakened for breakfast at 4 a.m., or fewer hours if they are roused for delivery of medication at 2:30 a.m.
Donato said the injunction will concern the 2:30 a.m. pill call and 4 a.m. breakfast because sheriff's officials had not given a good reason for those early routines. He said unreasonable deprivation of sleep could amount to unconstitutional inhumane treatment.
The judge ordered both sides to meet and confer about the wording of the injunction and to submit a joint proposal for the wording by April 11. He will issue the preliminary injunction after that.
* Some 70 people were arrested in the Tenderloin District of San Francisco last week in what police called a "fugitive recovery operation" in which people named in arrest warrants were the main targets, police said.
Of those 70, 50 were wanted on outstanding arrest warrants issued in San Francisco, San Mateo, Siskiyou, Contra Costa, San Bernardino, Alameda, Napa and San Joaquin counties, as well as the cities of Redwood City, Pleasanton, Pleasant Hill, Santa Rosa, Eureka and Belmont, for a wide variety of suspected charges. Others were taken into custody for parole or probation violations.
In all, 67 of the 70 people arrested were booked into the San Francisco County Jail; the other three were admitted to local hospitals for medical care.
The nature of the Pleasanton and Alameda County warrants were not immediately released.
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