The Hillsborough Area Regional Transit (HART) has partnered with Florida State Sen. Keith Perry (R-Gainesville) and Florida State Rep. Michael Beltran (R-Tampa), to address violence against transit employees and other uniformed public servants throughout the state.
The "Uniformed Public Servant Protection Act", SB 1416 and HB 951, seek to curb violent threats against uniformed public servants in the workplace.
- -require the installation of protective barriers on public transit;
- -require the posting of the maximum penalty for assaulting a transit worker;
- -require mandatory training for drivers to defuse and de-escalate potentially violent situations; AND
- -increase the current enhancement for assault against a uniformed public servant (transit workers, law enforcement and other first responders) from a 1st degree misdemeanor to a 3rd degree felony.