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SEPTA Police file photo (Credit: Jim Melwert)

New Campaign Aims To Improve SEPTA Police And Rider Relationships

SEPTA’s police force wants to improve relationships with riders, and they are doing so with a small piece of paper.


(Septa transit police chief Thomas Nestel shows a walkie-talkie handset with an embedded video camera and screen.  File photo by CBS3)

Septa’s Top Cop Eager To Deploy More Body-Worn Cameras For Officers

Septa Transit Police chief Thomas Nestel says the six cameras that were deployed back in July have been netting good results.


(Officer Cory Fox, second from left, with Kaiserin; Officer Javier Class, right, with Ronnie.  Photo by John McDevitt)

Two New Bomb-Sniffing Dogs Join SEPTA Police Force

The dogs will now go through SEPTA explosives training class, and will go into in the field in mid-April.


Benjamin Teague Jr. (credit: SEPTA)

SEPTA Officials Say Alleged Phone Snatcher In Custody

SEPTA officials say an alleged cell phone snatcher is in custody.


SEPTA police chief Thomas Nestel tweeted this photo with the caption "Benjamin Teague Junion looking for his next victim. Hey Benji, is that an undercover Transit cop looking at you? #uhoh "

SEPTA Police Chief Tweets Picture Of Alleged Phone Snatcher

Thomas Nestel: “Our soon-to-be close friend, Benji Teague Jr is wanted for multiple phone snatches.”


(Credit: Steve Tawa)

Police Promise More Vigilance To Protect Septa Bus Drivers and Riders

The TWU sought the meeting after cataloguing what the union describes as a “spike” in assaults in 2011 and 2012.


Surveillance video shows mother, grandmother pushing baby carriage moments before the child is left behind. (credit: SEPTA police)

Baby Left Behind After Apparent Scheme To Avoid Paying SEPTA Fare

SEPTA police have decided not to charge a mother and grandmother who left their baby behind while apparently scheming to avoid paying a fare on the Market-Frankford Line.