Felony arrests on BART increased by 62 percent from 2022 to 2023

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Felony arrests on BART increased by 62 percent from 2022 to 2023
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Felony arrests on BART increased by 62 percent last year compared with 2022, which the transit agency attributes to increased police and staff presence in trains and stations.

Last year, BART officers recorded 726 felony arrests, which was 278 more felony arrests than in 2022. The 49 illegal firearms seized on BART last year was the most recovered since 2003.

“Since we started deploying more patrol officers to ride trains we have seen an impact, and our riders are telling us they notice the difference,” said BART Police Chief Kevin Franklin.

More people are noticing the police presence, which BART says is in part the consequence of an aggressive officer recruitment campaign to fill vacancies, bolstered by a 22 percent salary increase for officers. A Quarterly Performance Review showed the percentage of riders who reported seeing BART PD on their trip reached a record high of 20 percent.