Ramsey: Police to increase SEPTA presence

Responding to a rash of violence directed at transit workers, Philadelphia police will increase checks on buses and trains, officials said Friday.

Police Commissioner Charles H. Ramsey said every patrol officer will make the checks, talk to the drivers, and "maybe ride a block or two."

The increased vigilance follows recent incidents in which bus drivers were injured during shooting. One was shot in the arm and the other was wounded by glass from a windshield struck by a bullet.

Mayor Nutter, at a news conference in South Philadelphia where the police announcement was made, urged for passage of state legislation to increase criminal penalties for assaults on transit workers.


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