About Metro Transit Police Department
Chief, Metro Transit Police
A Letter from the Chief of Police
To our community:
The Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) is protecting and serving transit customers and employees by embracing modern policing through reforms that incorporate best practices in law enforcement and community outreach that fosters public trust.
We created an Internal Oversight and Youth Services Bureau (IOYSB) to oversee the MTPD’s increased role with youth in the region, improve recruiting and screening of police applicants, and the department’s strategic planning. Within the IOYSB, the MTPD created a Youth Services Unit to provide more specialization and consistency when engaging with young people in our system and local schools. Also under the IOYSB is the Office of Strategic Planning, which is updating our Standard Operating Procedures, General Orders, and Procedures Manual.
We are also closely collaborating with labor leaders to focus on police reform through five committees: Officer Performance Evaluation; Fourth Amendment Stop and Frisk Training; Conflict Resolution De-escalation Training; Ethical Training and Peer Support; and Recruitment of Minorities.
We also appreciate the leadership of Metro’s Board of Directors in creating the MTPD Investigations Review Panel, an independent advisory body that consists of seven members to review and submit recommendations to me on changes to policing and training – all in an effort to improve the integrity of investigations, transparency, and the thoroughness and fairness of the process, consistent with best practices in law enforcement.
Ronald A. Pavlik Jr.
In 1976, Congress authorized the establishment of the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD). MTPD police officers have tri-state jurisdiction with responsibility for a variety of law enforcement and public safety functions in transit facilities throughout the Washington, DC Metropolitan area.
MTPD has an authorized strength of 490 sworn police officers, 64 security special police, and 91 civilian personnel. Officers provide a variety of law enforcement and public safety services on the Metrorail and Metrobus systems in the Washington Metropolitan Area.
MTPD police officers have jurisdiction and arrest powers throughout the 1,500 square mile Transit Zone that includes Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia for crimes that occur in or against Transit Authority facilities. It is the only tri-jurisdictional police agency in the country and serves a population of 3.2 million.
The Mission of the Metro Transit Police Department is to provide protection for Metro patrons, personnel, transit facilities, and revenue.
The Metro Transit Police will protect and serve our customers and employees with dignity and respect, through innovative ideas, new technologies, teamwork, integrity, a commitment to our mission, and the oath of office.
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