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Expect to See More Off-duty Police at CTA Blue Line Station Soon

CTA Blue Line

The Forest Park Blue Line terminus. 

Wednesday, October 5, 2016 || By Michael Romain || @maywoodnews

Commuters who frequent the Chicago Transit Authority’s Forest Park Blue Line terminus, 711 S. Desplaines Ave., should expect to see more off-duty Forest Park police officers patrolling the facility soon.

At a council meeting last month, Forest Park’s board voted unanimously to enter into an intergovernmental agreement with the CTA, which would allow full-time Forest Park police officers who are working off-duty to patrol CTA properties in that village, according to a recent Forest Park Review report.

The review noted that Forest Park Police Chief Tom Aftanas said “contract details are still being worked out and a start date for the program has yet to be determined.”

According to Aftanas, “one off-duty officer will work in uniform from 8 p.m. to 4 a.m. daily, including weekends and holidays, patrolling CTA property in the village, including buses, trains and property.” VFP

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One thought on “Expect to See More Off-duty Police at CTA Blue Line Station Soon

  1. It’s about time more police are assigned to the Forest Park station. The place is a hot bed of crime, especially pick-pockets and reach-and-grab and push-you incidents.

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