Are cops lagging on Muni panic buttons?

Muni operators and MTA personnel are invited to come to the next CompStat meeting in two weeks to discuss crime on the public transportation system from a different perspective.

Operators have been taking a lot of heat for allowing fights and other crimes to occur on Muni without pressing a panic button that alerts police. But apparently some feel that the panic buttons are worthless when you need immediate help and there are passengers on the bus that have places to be.

“What I heard today is that when some of the operators request police presence by pressing the panic button, it may take 20 or 30 minutes for police to get to the bus,” Chief George Gascon told the Police Commission on Wednesday. “Well, obviously, if that is true, and I’m not sure that it is, but if it is true, then that is unacceptable.”

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