Merced police and Amtrak engaged in a new partnership Friday that's intended to make Merced a little safer.
Merced police officers will now make daily visits to the Amtrak station in a area called a "patrol stop."
Amtrak has partnered with many other law enforcement officers around the state to offer the service to many California communities.
"It's a joint venture with Amtrak where we encourage local officers to use the station to increase visibility," said James Martino, Amtrak police captain. "They will randomly come in and utilize the station."
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Officers can use the patrol stop as a place to complete law enforcement business, such as filling out paperwork, while also providing a law enforcement presence at the station.
The goal is to make the heart of the city safer and more walker-friendly, police Lt. Andre Matthews said in a news release.
Cindy Camara, Amtrak district manager, said the new relationship has been in the works for months and now trying to make Merced safer can finally become a reality.
Extra surveillance equipment will be added to the area which will allow police to better watch the surrounding streets, Matthews added.
"We've had several incidents around Amtrak," he said. "Hopefully this will be a preventative measure."
-- Jamie Oppenheim