Undercover officers will ride METRO buses

Author: Joel Eisenbaum, Investigative Reporter, Anchor, jeisenbaum@kprc.com
Published On: Apr 13 2012 05:23:31 PM CDT   Updated On: Apr 13 2012 05:56:58 PM CDT
HOUSTON -

A new program will place undercover police officers on METRO buses to curb crime, even terrorism, U.S. Rep. Sheila Jackson Lee said Friday.

"If you think you're going to be a bad actor on buses, get ready. You are going to have a short-lived time frame," Jackson Lee said.

The TSA, METRO, and the Harris County Constable's Office Precinct 7 are collaborating in the effort labeled Bus Safe.

METRO will not disclose the routes or dates the undercover officers will be working, but the idea is to target areas that have seen trouble before.

Local 2 has covered a series of crimes over the years on board METRO buses and at METRO bus stops.

"It's a good idea. We rely on these buses. We need them to be safe," one rider said.

But another woman was concerned about the possibility of random bag searches.

"I don't want them looking through my bag. I have a lot of stuff in there," rider Dominique Guillory said.