“At the direction of Metro General Manager/CEO Paul J. Wiedefeld, most Metro Transit Police Officers will soon be wearing brighter, more visible uniforms.
The neon yellow color block design with reflective trim will help Metro customers to more easily find MTPD officers on station platforms and trains. MTPD officers currently wear a dark navy blue uniform that can be hard to see in a crowd or in low-light conditions.
The uniforms are being procured now and are expected to be on the system starting this summer. The measure is one of several steps MTPD has taken in response to customer concerns and to reassure riders the system is safe. Those include:
Increasing patrols on buses, trains and in stations through reallocation of resources by transferring revenue security to an outside firm.
Using limited-duty officers to provide additional “eyes and ears” at key locations
Implementation of “power hour” deployments that increase the number of officers on duty by overlapping the day and evening shifts on select days.”
Sidenote: If you see a lot of Metro Police at the Alexandria station on Sunday – it’s a Full-scale emergency exercise:
“Metro Transit Police and the City of Alexandria will conduct a full-scale emergency response exercise at Eisenhower Ave Metrorail Station on Sunday, March 13, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. until approximately 2:00 p.m.”