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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 5, 1993
Sgt. Cathy Zurn, a 13-year veteran of the Sheriff's Department, today becomes chief of the Orange County Transportation Authority's transit police. Zurn will oversee OCTA's security program and supervise a staff that includes contract security officers, who eventually will be replaced by Sheriff's Department personnel. "We're very pleased to have completed this new security arrangement," said Marlene Heyser, OCTA's director of human resources.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
May 20, 2009 | Associated Press
Several witnesses to the fatal train station shooting of an unarmed man in Oakland testified Tuesday that the officer accused of murder looked surprised and shocked after he pulled the trigger. College student Tommy Cross Jr., who digitally recorded the New Year's Day killing, said former Bay Area Rapid Transit Officer Johannes Mehserle "looked up and said 'Oh, my God! Oh, my God!' " after the shot rang out.
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CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An off-duty Orange County Sheriff's Department official was killed Saturday afternoon in a traffic accident near his home in Temecula, officials said Sunday. Lt. Dan Jarvis, 54, headed the county Transportation Authority's transit police division, said Sheriff's Lt. Larry Abbott. Witnesses told authorities Jarvis had been speeding more than 90 mph before the 3:40 p.m. crash on De Portola Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Phil Konstantin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 13, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga
Transit police Monday wrapped up their investigation into the controversial shooting death of an African American man by an officer and, just hours later, the Bay Area Rapid Transit District board created a panel to oversee police department activities. BART Police Chief Gary Gee said his department forwarded the investigation results Monday morning to the Alameda County district attorney's office, which will decide whether to charge transit Officer Johannes Mehserle in the death of Oscar J.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 24, 1996 | ERIC LICHTBLAU and RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITERS
With opposition collapsing, a long-stalled plan to abolish the county transit agency's police force and merge its more than 350 officers into the area's two largest law enforcement departments appears to be moving quickly toward reality, officials said Tuesday. Under a plan spearheaded by Mayor Richard Riordan, the Los Angeles Police Department and the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department would assume joint control over protecting the county's bus and rail lines.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 23, 1994
The county transit police force got another morale boost Friday when a committee recommended keeping the status quo, with sheriff's deputies patrolling one line and transit police handling everything else. At a special meeting of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority's Executive Management Committee, panelists voted unanimously to recommend retaining the MTA transit police for its security needs, said MTA spokesman Steve Chesser.
OPINION
September 11, 1994 | Steve Proffitt, Steve Proffitt is a producer for Fox News and a contributor to National Public Radio's "All Things Considered" and "Morning Edition." He interviewed Sharon K. Papa at her office near downtown Los Angeles
It's the fastest-growing police force in Southern California, quadrupling its ranks in just five years. Its jurisdiction is huge, covering 2,200 square miles across five counties. And its chief is one of the few women in America to head a law-enforcement agency. Still, to that vast majority of Angelenos who never ride a bus or step on a trolley, the Metropolitan Transit Police is all but invisible.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 18, 1993 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a move that could save the jobs of deputies facing layoffs, county Sheriff Sherman Block is conducting a behind-the-scenes campaign to take over the Transit Police force and security for the county's rail and bus lines. Block's campaign is based in part on a study, paid for by the defunct Los Angeles County Transportation Commission, that recommends creating an agency to supervise law enforcement on the transit system.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 16, 1995 | ERIC MALNIC, TIMES STAFF WRITER
A jury Friday ordered the Metropolitan Transportation Authority to pay $20.75 million to a woman left crippled and disfigured after she was run down by a hit-and-run driver being chased by transit police, attorneys said. The Los Angeles Superior Court jury also ordered the transportation agency to pay $1.25 million to the woman's husband for loss of consortium.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 10, 1992 | NORA ZAMICHOW, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Four weeks before the city's first subway opens, transit officials have not decided who will patrol the stations and trains--a factor that experts say could influence whether passengers choose to use the Red Line. Transit officials recommended Wednesday that the Los Angeles Police Department patrol the 4.4 miles of the Red Line for one year, at a cost of up to $6 million--$4 million more that the transit police said it would cost to do the job.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 9, 2009 | Maria L. La Ganga and Ruben Vives
The family of a 22-year-old man shot to death by a transit police officer on New Year's Day urged Oakland residents Thursday to remain calm and deplored the violence that erupted during a protest over the shooting a day earlier. The city bristled with anger and sorrow as store owners cleaned up the debris from the vandalism during Wednesday night's protest and officials announced that the Oakland Police Department would join in the investigation of Oscar J. Grant III's death.
NATIONAL
May 29, 2005 | Paul Lieberman, Times Staff Writer
Retired Det. Bobby Small was recounting the case of The Victim With the Hole in His Head -- the top of his head. "That was very unusual," Small said, pointing to the center of his own skull. "So we had to figure out what happened." Over drinks in Coogan's, he was recalling the first time his crew from the 34th Precinct took sociologist Robert Jackall to a murder scene in 1992. "Hey, Bob!" Small shouted. "Your first homicide, how did you feel seeing the body?"
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 1, 2004 | Claire Luna, Times Staff Writer
An off-duty Orange County Sheriff's Department official was killed Saturday afternoon in a traffic accident near his home in Temecula, officials said Sunday. Lt. Dan Jarvis, 54, headed the county Transportation Authority's transit police division, said Sheriff's Lt. Larry Abbott. Witnesses told authorities Jarvis had been speeding more than 90 mph before the 3:40 p.m. crash on De Portola Road, said California Highway Patrol Officer Phil Konstantin.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 30, 2003 | Caitlin Liu, Times Staff Writer
One after another, the victims told police they were grabbed from behind by a creepy, gap-toothed guy who tried to drag them away from the Wilshire/Vermont subway station while spewing profanity and threatening sexual assault.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
November 9, 2002 | Richard Winton and Andrew Blankstein, Times Staff Writers
Signaling his first major change of leadership at the Los Angeles Police Department, Police Chief William J. Bratton said Friday he will promote a veteran commander who worked with him in Boston, an experienced Latino commander and a woman who headed the transit police to be his top aides. Cmdr. James P. McDonnell, who has been with the LAPD for 21 years, will become assistant chief, second in command to Bratton. Cmdr. George Gascon, who oversees the police academy, and Cmdr.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
April 27, 2001 | PATRICK McGREEVY, TIMES STAFF WRITER
To provide for a smooth transition, the city of Los Angeles may be asked to provide police, fire and other services to a new San Fernando Valley municipality for up to two years after it is created, secessionists said Thursday. Providing an early glimpse of their vision of cityhood, leaders of the secession group Valley VOTE met with officials and consultants for the Local Agency Formation Commission to clarify issues as they revise their cityhood plan due May 15.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 25, 1996 | RICHARD SIMON, TIMES STAFF WRITER
In a setback for Mayor Richard Riordan, a plan to merge the county's transit police force with the Los Angeles police and county sheriff's departments ran into unexpected trouble Wednesday from the Metropolitan Transportation Authority board. The board once again delayed a decision on the merger and asked a panel of city, county and transit officials to further study the issue and report back in 30 days.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
June 30, 1993 | CARLA HALL, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Transit police have broken up a ring of alleged counterfeiters who sold as many as 1,000 bus passes a month, authorities said Tuesday. Three Los Angeles men--Juan Guzman, 28, Manuel Mendoza, 23, and Juan Zavaleta, 52, were arrested on Monday after Metropolitan Transportation Authority police staked out a legitimate engraver who had been unwittingly working on plates for them.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
August 20, 1997 | JODI WILGOREN, TIMES STAFF WRITER
Fearing a lawsuit by 43 Metropolitan Transportation Authority police officers who failed LAPD background checks, the Los Angeles City Council on Tuesday delayed action on a proposed merger between the two law enforcement agencies, and voted instead to pursue having the city police MTA buses and trains on a contractual basis.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
March 27, 1997
Saying Los Angeles residents and all Southern California transit riders will be the safer for it, the City Council approved a plan Wednesday to merge the Metropolitan Transportation Authority police agency with the Los Angeles Police Department. The complex proposal to have the LAPD and Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department take over policing of the MTA's buses and rail lines countywide was approved on a 12-3 vote.
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