Police patrols begin along Gresham MAX line in bid to cut crime

Police patrols begin along Gresham MAX line in bid to cut crime »Play Video
GRESHAM, Ore. - Police patrols on MAX trains and buses running through Gresham began Tuesday morning following several violent incidents and rider complaints.

The six officers patrolling the trains and buses are being paid by TriMet and ride the line from the Gresham terminus to the Gateway Transit Center.

A special precinct has been set up inside the Gresham police station to manage the patrols. The officers are from the Portland, Gresham and Tigard police departments.

The number of officers on patrol is expected to rise to 10 by July.

Other added security measures include more non-police security personnel, more security cameras near MAX stations and improved lighting.

Fights on board trains, attacks on riders and non-payment of fares by some riders are just some of the problems TriMet officials hope to address with the increased security.

Several violent crimes near MAX train platforms in 2007 led to an outcry to address the crime issue.

Officials have increased security along other stretches of the MAX line as well.