The Kansas City Police Department will soon assign two full-time transit officers to monitor the city's bus system, the Kansas City Area Transport Authority announced Monday.
Kansas City Police Chief Darryl Forte will meet with representatives from the KCATA Wednesday to sign an agreement that will assign two uniformed officers to patrol the bus system and ensure safety of passengers.
The KCATA currently relies on 39 off-duty officers who provide similar services but work depending on their availability; these officers will continue in their roles to complement the new full-time transit officers.
"The new transit officers will give the KCATA the ability to immediately and rapidly respond around the clock to any incident," a KCATA spokesperson said in a press release.
The two new positions will be implemented in February, according to KCATA public affairs manager Bridget Moss, but an exact date has not been set.