Metro Transit Police Increase Patrols and Inspections Systemwide
In response to the attacks in Paris, the Metro Transit Police Department (MTPD) has announced that is has increased patrols systemwide.
According to a news release, riders will likely notice an increased police presence throughout the transit system. Police said the additional patrols began Friday evening and will continue for an unspecified period of time. In addition, MTPD has more than 20 K9 teams in service conducting security sweeps in and around rail stations and other critical infrastructure. Police said they have also expanded random screening for explosives. According to MTPD, any bag or package carried onto the system may be subject to screening.
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.
Commuters are reminded to remain vigilant
All Metro riders are asked to immediately report any suspicious activity or unattended items to MTPD by calling 202.962.2121 or by texting “MyMTPD.” Riders are encouraged to program MTPD’s number into their cell phone. In an emergency, call 9.1.1.
Additional changes to Metro’s security are possible as information or events warrant.
— Metro Transit Police (@MetroTransitPD) November 16, 2015