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BART ambassadors start riding trains

Original post made on Feb 13, 2020

BART officials are hoping a new ambassador program that launched this week will provide riders with a sense of added security and help curb inappropriate behavior aboard train

Read the full story here Web Link posted Wednesday, February 12, 2020, 6:04 PM

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Posted by Jake Waters
a resident of Birdland
on Feb 13, 2020 at 8:34 am

Regarding the article: some take-aways:

-“The six-month pilot ambassador program will cost the transit agency $690,000...”
-“ They completed de-escalation and anti-bias training...”
-“ This team will be police employees and trained to provide a sense of safety and security...”

My wife and I ride the train regularly to San Francisco and have observed much over the years that I imagine many of you, reading this article, have as well.

To begin, I question the cost and return for 6 months of these 10 kids (I’ve seen them on the train traveling as a group to an unknown location) and it appears this is lipstick on a pig. I apologize for insulting a pig.

Secondly, I say sarcastically, what exactly is ‘anti-bias’ training, and what does it cover? Does the philosophy restrict these social directors from confronting antisocial behavior committed by certain groups? Is it sanctuary training to insure illegals are not confronted? Has the training washed the minds of these young social directors of any biased unconscientiousness? Is there a legend I can review to see if I am exempt from anti-biased contact? The practice of ‘anti-biased’ seems to fall more and more into a biased category. I’m so confused.

Lastly, I am a tad uncomfortable with the confidence level surrounding this program with their outcome to provide us with a ‘sense of safety and security.’ I would like to know what a ‘sense of security and safety’ looks like. It sounds more like providing an ‘appearance’ of earning that $690,000.00.

With 10 ambassadors, I imagine I will see them as much as I have seen uniformed BART cops in the trains over the last 10 years- very, very, very, rarely.


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Posted by David
a resident of Alisal Elementary School
8 hours ago

why are they called ambassadors? it’s another PC term to excuse bad behavior by people being high and out of control, or loud and threatening, etc. Or mentally ill. Just hire more police and train them in social services and outreach. And pay them well.


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