Our partnerships with local and regional law enforcement set us apart in our drive to be the best transit agency in the country. “The collaborative effort between law enforcement agencies on our behalf has been great to see,” KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen said. “When multiple law enforcement agencies come together for the sake of our bus operators, riders, and stakeholders it’s a win-win for everyone.”
On Tuesday, March 27, Jackson County Sheriff Michael Sharp deputized two KCPD officers. The deputization of both officers will allow them to cross city limits within Jackson County to extend their security support for our bus riders and operators, driving our commitment to safety and security as we build on our established track record.
Above: Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Josh Cox, Jackson County Sheriff Deputy Bob Knudsen, Chief Hugh Mills, Jackson County Sheriff Michael Sharp, KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen, Deputy Chief Sharon Laningham of the Kansas City Missouri Police Dept., KCATA Deputy CEO Sam Desue, Kansas City Missouri Police Officer Chris Sticken, Kansas City Missouri Police Officer Matt Housh.
For the past few years, the Kansas City Area Transportation Authority has led its industry peers in safety and security. In 2016, APTA (American Public Transportation Association) honored the KCATA with two awards:
In 2017, they awarded the KCATA with two more awards:
Over 100 buses have been outfitted with safety barriers, protecting our bus operators from potential danger. Even more buses in the coming months are expected to have those same barriers installed.
“The safety of our bus riders and operators is a top priority for the KCATA,” says Makinen. “KCATA is proud to continue the work of protecting our bus riders and operators with unique partnerships involving the Kansas City Missouri Police Department and the Jackson County Sheriff’s office.”
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KCATA President and CEO Robbie Makinen (right) talks with FOX4KC Reporter Kerri Stowell as Kansas City Missouri Police Sergeant Kari Thompson looks on.