CPD To Add SWAT Officers To CTA Trains, Platforms After String Of Violent Crimes

CHICAGO (CBS) — Violent crimes on the CTA in two weeks is forcing the city of Chicago to take action that will include SWAT officers.

CBS 2’s Dana Kozlov has more from the Lake Red Line stop where a beefed up police presence is already in place.

And acting CPD superintendent Charlie Beck said it’s only the start of permanently making the CTA safer. It’s happening after CTA crime numbers soared over the past few years.

The move comes days after a man shot and killed a man in the Jackson CTA tunnel connecting the Red Line and Blue Line.

And on February 5, a passenger was shot on a Blue Line train near UIC. And a street performer was stabbed at a Red Line stop.

But serious crimes on the CTA trains and stations have jumped dramatically in recent years, with 1,187 in 2015 and climbing steadily to more than 2,300 last year. Police said bolstered security will also include technology linking CTA with CPD district tech rooms.

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