DDOT to hire 35 new transit cops to keep drivers, passengers safe

(WXYZ) - Officers are now going to be riding DDOT buses. 

It's great news not just for drivers but also passengers who welcome a safer environment.

On the heels of a 7 Action News Investigation, we've uncovered new information about the approval of a new Transit Police Force.

"We are absolutely obligated to make sure our citizens are safe. We are going to start a unit of officers that are dedicated to nothing but safety" says Chief Operating Officer Gary Brown.

The General Fund will pay for just over $2 million to merge existing officers on the People Mover with DDOT into a bigger, better transit authority.

Passengers tell us it's been a long wait.

"Other cities have top notch service like New York and Atlanta, why can't we have we have top notch service and keep us safe," says one passenger.

Meanwhile, busses are being equipped with surveillance cameras. Fifty of them will be setup by the end of the year and the rest by spring.

The new cops will be on the job within 90 days.

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