Dedication. Discipline. Determination.

About Metro Transit Police Department

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 468 sworn police officers, 140 security special police, and 101 civilian personnel. Officers provide a variety of law enforcement and public safety services on the Metrorail and Metrobus systems in the Washington, D.C. 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.

MTPD protects and serves transit customers and employees by embracing modern policing through reforms that incorporate best practices in law enforcement and community outreach to foster 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 specialization and consistency when engaging young people in our system and local schools.

We collaborated 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 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 the Chief of Police on changes to policing and training. To improve the integrity of investigations, increase transparency, and the thoroughness and fairness of the process, consistent with best practices in law enforcement.

Mission Statement

The Metro Transit Police Department’s mission Is to provide protection tor Metro patrons, personnel, transit facilities, and revenue.


The Metro Transit Police Department 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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3421 Pennsy Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785