DENVER (KDVR) – TSA agents have begun patrolling Denver’s Union Station as part of increased security at the shipping depot, where transportation officers involved reported “lawless” behavior.
RTD said the agents were part of the government’s Visible Multimodal Prevention and Response team and began patrolling this week. Their uniforms are not always marked.
The new measures come after bus officers made a request, saying drug use and violence had spiraled out of control. On Wednesday, the union representing workers and contractors RTD described the tourist hotspot as a “lawless pit of hell. ”
Going forward, Colorado Guardian angels will also patrol Union Station.
Colorado The Guardian Angels describe themselves as “An all-volunteer organization working with neighborhoods and individuals to make their communities and themselves safe.” They will wear their traditional red beret on patrol.
“We are more concerned about violent crime, serious things,” said Guardian Angels Commander Robi Salo. “We don’t care about someone being careless or committing a misdemeanor. We’re for public safety and making people feel safe.”
RTD said on Thursday there were major concerns at Union Station, and there was an active effort to improve safety there.
On Thursday, FOX31 cameras captured law enforcement officers chasing a man walking on the tracks. They also get rid of people sleeping on the sidewalk.
Tourist Jennae Sims said she became worried when she saw people behaving strangely.
“I had my son with me. He’s 4 years old. And you want to pay attention to their touch and interactions,” says Sims.
RTD said it believes the rise of problems began after many drug crimes became misdemeanors. The police can only issue citations under certain circumstances. According to Amalgamated Transit Union Local 1001, which represents 2,000 RTD employees and contractors, employees say drug use affects their daily safety on the job.
“I had another operator tell me she considered it a great day when no one was seen smoking methamphetamine or using heroin on her bus,” said President Lance Logenbohn.
Another problem is that the RTD, like many other agencies, lacks police.
All eyes are now on whether these latest security efforts will make a difference.
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