Metro Transit “will soon be wearing brighter, more visible uniforms”

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via WMATA

From WMATA:

“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.”

11 Comment

  • That One Guy

    The cynic in me thinks, “great so the perps will know who to run away from more easily.”

  • I’m genuinely impressed by the efforts of the new GM to take action in a number of important–if seemingly simple–ways. Whether these actions roll up into a plan that is sufficient, we’ll see. But I’m going to choose to be optimistic.

    • I agree completely. These little things at least show that he is actively thinking about how to make things better. It had always seemed that the people who ran WMATA were 100% out of touch with riders and did literally nothing to make things better. I am cautiously optimistic about the new GM and the actions he has taken.

  • I could wrack my brain for something snarky, but I’m choosing to feel optimistic. This is not a bad idea at all.

  • Approve. Props.

  • Pretty smart idea that won’t cost a lot of money. 99% of “being safe” is about perceptions of safety.

  • Since we’re talking about MTPD – I figured I’d take this opportunity to correct a common misconception here on PoP. For whatever reason, a lot of commenters (although none in this post, so far) seem to think that MTPD = security guard, or rent-a-cop, or something like that.

    In fact, my understanding is that the opposite is true. MTPD officers are trained in all three jurisdictions — DC, MD, and VA. They go through the full police academy and are some of the brightest and best of the bunch.

    My only request is to see them in every single station and on far more trains.

    • Considering I’ve seen them with semi-automatic rifles protecting the money train, I always assumed they had full police authority.

  • I support this generally too and hope that it helps. I think it would also help to see the officers actually in the Metro system more. I saw a few officers at Tenleytown station recently – one was in the station manager’s booth and the other was at the top of the very long escalators with her nose buried in her phone. I doubt extra officers will have much effect if they are locked away or oblivious to their surroundings.

  • Since nobody ever sees a metro police officer, there cant be more than a handful of them. Metro will not increase its deficit at all

    • There were at least ten out on the Gallery Place platforms this morning in what appeared to just be increased visibility effort.

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