A security firm is suggesting an overhaul of the Metra police force in a new report that criticizes how the operation is run. According to the Chicago Sun-Times:
"A scathing report by a private security firm hired to assess Metra police operations exposed major flaws in the police force’s “antiquated” priorities that focused more on protecting property than passengers.
The report, commissioned by Metra, painted a picture of a police force not properly trained to carry the guns they were issued, one in which officers rarely ride trains and make less than one arrest per day, one that’s not fully prepared to respond in a coordinated fashion to terrorist threats, and one that was working with outdated and shabby equipment.
The report, which cost $200,000 and was done by security firm Hillard Heintze LLC, was released Wednesday night at a hastily called news conference after it became clear a copy had been leaked to the media. The Sun-Times had previously filed a Freedom of Information Act request seeking the report, completed in August 2012, but was denied."