This article is an overview of the police force established by the Washington, D.C. Metropolitan Area Transit Authority for surveillance of the recently constructed subway system in the Washington metropolitan area. The transit authority was formed by an interstate compact adopted by Maryland, Virginia, and the District of Columbia City Council with the consent of the U.S. Congress. The organizational structure and training requirements of the police force and summarized. The department's view of its primary rail mission focuses on high-visibility patrol for trains and station platform areas to create an aura of passenger safety through conspicuous police presence. Toward this objective, patrol manpower is deployed in a variety of ways, overtly and covertly. The following strategies are employed to combat crime: the assignment of patrol officers to a given station, train partrols, coverage of multiple stations, substantial increase in patrol manpower at a given location to maximize visibility, the deployment of officers posing as potential crime victims, and covet surveillance. Although some local residents had expressed a fear that crime might increase in the vicinity of the Metrorail stations, statistics indicate to the contrary. It would appear that criminals prefer to operate where people and police are not visible.

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    Federal Bureau of Investigation

    9th Street and Pennsylvania Avenue, NW
    Washington, DC  United States  20535
  • Authors:
    • Hannon, M
  • Publication Date: 1978-11

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  • Features: Figures; Photos; Tables;
  • Pagination: p. 16-22
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  • Accession Number: 00322246
  • Record Type: Publication
  • Files: TRIS
  • Created Date: Jan 19 1981 12:00AM