“Metro Transit Police increase patrols, inspections systemwide”



“The Metro Transit Police Department continues to coordinate with its federal law-enforcement partners and monitor information regarding the tragic events in Paris.

MTPD has taken the following steps in response to the attacks:

• Increased patrols systemwide. Riders will likely notice an increased police presence throughout the transit system. The additional patrols began Friday evening and will continue for an unspecified period of time.
• Additional K9 sweeps. MTPD has more than 20 K9 teams in service conducting security sweeps in and around rail stations and other critical infrastructure.
• Expanded random explosives screening. MTPD has expanded random explosives screening at station entrances. Any bag or package carried onto the system may be subject to screening by MTPD officers.

In addition to these announced steps, MTPD and its local and federal law enforcement partners have implemented several other countermeasures that are not visible to the traveling public.

Customers reminded to remain vigilant
All Metro customers should immediately report any suspicious activity or unattended items to MTPD by calling (202) 962-2121 or texting “MyMTPD.” Riders are encouraged to program MTPD’s number into their cell phone. In an emergency, call 911.

Additional changes to Metro’s security posture are possible as information or events warrant.”