Chicago's Top Cop Deploys SWAT Officers Onto City's Transit System

Sandy Malone

Chicago Police SWAT officers will be deployed onto trains and platforms to help fight the rise of violent crime.

Chicago, IL – Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck is deploying SWAT officers onto the public transit system in response to a sharp increase in violent crime on train lines.

Superintendent Beck said that he and Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot would be releasing a new security plan for the Chicago Transit Authority (CTA) that would include additional police resources, WBBM reported.

“In the interim, starting today, we’re going to be putting additional resources onto the train lines, additional police resources onto the train lines, including SWAT officers. Not SWAT officers in full tactical gear, but SWAT officers that are the best and the brightest of my police officers, to make sure that the trains are safe,” the police commissioner explained.

Serious crimes reported on the CTA have jumped from 2,737 in 2016 to 4, 497 in 2019, according to WBBM.

Earlier in February, Superintendent Beck promised to put 50 more officers on the trains and platforms by March.

“It will be a vastly increased presence, including some technology and including some participation by CTA,” he said.

The superintendent said the city needed to protect the 1.6 million Chicagoans who ride the trains on an average weekday, WBBM reported.

“All of us need to feel safe, and the young people that ride the transportation system need to know that they will not be victims of crime, and that they will be safe in their journeys,” he said.

Concerns about the lack of police presence on CTA trains skyrocketed after a series of violent attacks on passengers in February, according to WBBM.

A 30-year-old man exiting a Blue Line train at the University of Illinois Chicago – Halstead stop was shot in the back on Feb. 5.

And a 35-year-old man was stabbed in the arm on Feb. 10 on the Red Line at the 79th Street platform, WBBM reported.

On Monday, a shooting in the Loop CTA tunnel left one person dead and two seriously wounded.

First-degree murder charges against 23-year-old Torrez Cathery were announced on Thursday in connection with that incident, WBBM reported.

Suspects have also been charged in the other two February incidents.

Superintendent Beck told reporters that deploying the SWAT officers onto the trains was just a first step in a much stronger new security plan.

Comments (31)
flybynight
flybynight

Looks like Chicongo is on the rebound. *sarc

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JBoH
JBoH

I guarantee that Mayor Lightfoot won't let this additional manpower increase continue. I'm surprised she let any additional officers patrol.

Cop Watch
Cop Watch

looks like the city got tired of swat kicking in the WRONG doors, so we will just put them on the trains instead. when the swat pigs treat passengers the same way as a no-knock warrant, the lawsuits will pile up faster then just hitting the wrong house!

Beantwn96
Beantwn96

So that's where Chief Beck disappeared to...LA to Chicago...Good luck in the windy city!!

Burgers Allday
Burgers Allday

I didn't realize that they measured how "bright" the various police officers are. Wonder how they measure that.

Dutchuncle
Dutchuncle

How about "Deploying" them into the City Counsel Chambers instead. THAT'S where the REAL problem exists

Sargejh
Sargejh

Best and brightest? Okaaaayyy. 😜

Excalibr4
Excalibr4

I live in the Chicago suburbs and haven't been to the city in years. I never intend to either.

IseeWhereThisIsGoing
IseeWhereThisIsGoing

More cops in the transit system... I can't wait for the community activists to start complaining that the cops are everywhere, arresting POC who commit crimes, and making POC feel more uncomfortable due to their presence. It's one more thing for the mayor to complain about.

User 69
User 69

We keep catering to the black race & keep handing out $$$ to them.
Less keep it fair for all not just that one race that’s do foolish ‘ things , just trying to get money. Stupid

Kill
Kill

We have this same issue in Milwaukee.

The hood folks cried because the cops were arresting their poor babies while they were trying to improve their lives and get their GEDs so the cops dipped and started patrolling other areas. Crime is now skyrocketing and people are getting killed left and right by reckless drivers. Now the hood folk are crying for the cops to come back and save them but I'll guarantee in a year theyll be screaming racism again because their baby got arrested and the cops will be forced by politics to retreat again.


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