The AP reported this morning that Twin Cities Metro Transit has been awarded $1.3 million to hire 5 police officers. Read the whole story at mprnewsq.org, and add your comments here.
According to the story, "they'll work with young people about proper behavior and etiquette while riding public transit. They'll also be trained in anti-terrorism and ride patrols on the Hiawatha light rail line and some bus routes to detect people who might want to harm transit services."
Is this where federal stimulus money should go? Is this the kind of stimulus Metro Transit needs? How real a threat is terrorism along the Hiawatha line? Will five officers for three years, as it says in the article, be enough? What about etiquette and behavior riding public transit?
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