To the editor: Metro’s Ambassador Program is a good addition to the transit system. The workers, in brilliant inexperienced shirts and unarmed, are enormously useful and reassuring. They enhance the sensation of safety with their presence and repair. They supply data and assist. They convey concern and current caring faces to riders. (“Metro Could Create Its Personal Police Drive. Why It Will not Make Trains and Buses Safer,” Opinion, Dec. 8)
I hope that this program will probably be allotted a big proportion of the cash that would as a substitute go in the direction of creating an inner metro police power. Extra policing merely emphasizes concern with out addressing the problems that our troubled and weak neighbors battle with.
Law enforcement officials are skilled and oriented to the police. The crises of psychological well being, harmful drug use and housing shortages won’t be solved by extra law enforcement officials who will not be correctly skilled to cope with such disasters.
We want extra folks whose mission it’s to offer such assist, and the Metro Ambassadors match that invoice.
Jo Ann Dawson, Northridge
To the editor: The opinion piece praising the Metro ambassadors makes this system sound like a hit. Nonetheless, the administration of security at Metro appears unfocused.
Not too long ago, my spouse boarded a D Line practice at Los Angeles Union Station whereas 4 uniformed safety officers confronted a screaming, aggressive, mentally disturbed man on the platform. Your answer? Rent the screaming man into our overcrowded practice automotive simply earlier than it pulled out.
Thanks, safety. In the meantime, the scrumptious meals service areas at Union Station stay the most secure locations within the depot.
Ben Herndon, Los Angeles