Chicago Police Increase Patrols On CTA Buses, Trains

Nancy Harty
February 23, 2020 - 3:54 pm
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CHICAGO (WBBM NEWSRADIO) --  Chicago Mayor Lori Lightfoot appeared to be moving up plans to increase police patrols on the CTA in light of an uptick in violence on trains and buses. 

Interim Chicago Police Superintendent Charlie Beck said he personally went to see SWAT team members working at stations along the Red Line Saturday.

He called their presence an "obvious but not threatening way."

That comes days after a man was charged in a shooting that left one man dead and two others injured in the subway on Monday. 

Lightfoot said the department will increase patrols in an effort to send a message "to folks who think they can get on the CTA and do whatever they want. That's done."

The mayor and superintendent were speaking at a pancake breakfast this morning that raised money to help police officers buy replacement bulletproof vests. 

They are expected to release more details of a CTA security plan soon.