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Local police assist BART on security after bin Laden’s death

By dcuff
Tuesday, May 3rd, 2011 at 4:13 pm in BART.

Extra police eyes are watching over BART  following the death of Osama bin Laden. Several Bay Area police departments have voluntarily supplied officers to help BART provide heightened security at train stations and parking lots, the transit agency reported this afternoon.

Riders are advised they may see the extra officers at any BART station.

BART, like many transit agencies nationwide,  announced Monday it was stepping up police patrols. Today BART reported that Police Chief Kenton Rainey, at the request of the Transit Security Administration, asked for and got for help from several police departments in the four counties served by the commuter rail service. 

In a written statement, Rainey said the heightened security is part of Operation RAILSAFE to increase security on rail systems.

While BART has no evidence it is about to be attacked,  transit officials across the country are concerned their systems might become targets of retaliation after Navy SEALs killed Osama bin Laden in a hideout in Pakistan. 

It’s not known how long the extra help will be on hand, BART spokesman Jim Allison said.

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