We have many specialized units to fulfill one mission: Protecting our community through innovation and problem solving.
Anti Terrorism Team (ATT)
Each Anti-Terrorism Team consists of four uniformed police officers and they are responsible for high visibility patrols, identifying suspicious persons and activities, and sharing intelligence with the law enforcement community. In addition, the Anti-Terrorism Teams work closely with Federal Air Marshals and the TSA to develop new strategies and techniques for combating acts of terror
Criminal Investigations Division (CID)
The Criminal Investigation Division (CID) is responsible for conducting investigations on crimes reported to the MTPD and is the lead division for all major crime scenes and incidents.
The Motorcycle Unit’s main responsibilities are traffic enforcement, reducing parking lot crime, public education campaigns, citizen’s contacts and public events. As ambassadors of the Department, the Motorcycle Unit participates in various parades motor safety competitions and police funerals of fallen officers from other departments around the country.
Special Response Team (SRT)
The SRT is a highly trained, specialized, flexible and mobile unit, which stands ready to respond to all high-risk incidents and to provide support to other units of the MTPD. The SRT is prepared to undertake assignments,
which require a coordinated and tactical response for resolution. The SRT strives for
preparedness for high risk and hazardous situations through continued training and assessment of threats to WMATA and its community.
Explosive Ordnance Disposal Unit (EOD)
Commonly called the Bomb Squad, the MTPD Bomb Squad is one of only three public safety bomb squads dedicated solely to a transportation system. If a suspicious package is located, the MTPD Hazardous Device Technicians will respond. The Hazardous Device Unit can handle suspected devices of various sizes. These devices may range from small items such as a letter bomb to a large vehicle bomb. In addition, the Hazardous Device Unit may assist in post blast activities such as explosive evidence collection activities.
Tactical Operations Division (TOD)
The Tactical Operations Division (TOD) consists of both uniformed and casual clothes officers focusing attention on complaints, quality of life enforcement, robbery pickpocket offenses, and assisting with various patrol functions of the Department. TOD provides service to 2,008 Metrobuses and more than 12,000 Metrobus stops to ensure the safe travel of our customers. In addition, TOD also investigates minor incidents and responds with directed patrol to trouble spots and complaints from both internal and external customers.
Crime Scene Search
MTPD CSS Officers are responsible for collecting, processing, and analyzing evidence from a criminal investigation and emergency incidents.
The mission of canine officers is to utilize specially trained canine teams to ensure a safe and secure transit environment, while supporting the MTPD Patrol unction. They accomplish this by using their dogs to sweep Metrorail stations and Metrobuses to search for harmful substances or explosives. The team is a first responder to calls of bomb threats or suspicious packages.
Bicycle Officers are a specialized unit responsible for patrolling stations with very large parking facilities as well as the downtown corridor of the rail system. They cover parking garages, kiss-and-ride zones as well as all-day lots. They are typically the fastest responders between adjacent Metrorail stations due to their unique method of transport.
The MTPD Honor Guard is a ceremonial unit within the police department that represents the Department in formal ceremonies such as color guard, parades, casket watches, funerals, retirements, and civic events. The Honor Guard represents the ultimate pride in the law enforcement profession and its goal is to present a positive and professional image to the public.
Youth Services Unit
YSU is responsible for the implementation of community outreach programs aimed at young adults, visiting local schools and working with school administrators to increase the safety and security of youth traveling in the system . The YSU is also responsible for coordinating with WMATA offices to implement crime prevention initiatives, conducting crime prevention surveys, and connecting with community organizations to improve agency practices.
MTPD Training Division
The Training Division coordinates the overall training operations for the Department.
The MTPD Firearms Unit is responsible for equipping and preparing police officers with firearms and non-lethal alternatives so they may overcome a threatening encounter. Officers from the MTPD are trained in the Department’s state-of-the-art firearms training range. The unit is responsible for initial recruit firearm training and firearms requalification of all MTPD police officers.
Digital Video Evidence Unit (DVEU)
The Digital Video Evidence Unit is primarily responsible for the oversight and management of the digital video recording devices utilized by WMATA including all DVRs located in Metrorail stations, buses, rail yards, and bus divisions. Personnel assigned to the unit proactively monitor the hundreds of video cameras throughout the Metro system. These members monitor radios for incident dispatches and are able to be the eyes of the MTPD prior to the arrival of units on the ground. Even when crime victims are unable to provide a description of a suspect or the direction of the suspects’ flight, officers assigned to this unit are specially trained to be able to give better look-out information to responding units as well as information on suspect movements that has been instrumental in combating crime in the system.
The Communications Division (CD) maintains control of the MTPD radio channel at all times, broadcasts lookouts, and confirms all computerized information system “hits” with the originating agency. The Division also prioritizes calls for service and dispatches MTPD personnel accordingly.
Office of Emergency Management (OEM
The OEM responds to emergencies that have the potential for major service interruption, mass casualties or large property loss such as fires, train derailments, person struck by train, HazMat etc., that would require on-scene commander support. The OEM transports equipment and personnel to Metro emergencies. The OEM staff have a wide range of knowledge and expertise of the rail and bus system. They have worked and trained with local emergency responders and can assist with communication between WMATA’s internal departments and external emergency response agencies.
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3421 Pennsy Drive
Hyattsville, MD 20785