LAPD officers to patrol Metro buses, trains in the City of Los Angeles
Three law enforcement agencies will provide security services, bringing more officers to public transportation.
Los Angeles Police Department officers will soon provide security services on buses and trains serving passengers within city limits, under the terms of a contract approved today by the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) Board.
Beginning July 1, the LAPD will assume law enforcement responsibilities on Metro trains and buses within the City of L.A.; Long Beach Police Department officers will patrol transit services in Long Beach; and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department will be responsible for law enforcement on public transportation in other areas of L.A. County.
“The safety of our Metro passengers and employees must always be our first priority,” said Mayor Eric Garcetti, who serves as First Vice Chair on the Metro Board of Directors. “Making local officers responsible for policing the areas they know best means better coverage, quicker emergency response times, and stronger accountability. The Sheriff’s Department provides excellent service to Metro, and they will continue to do so under a contract that will give them expanded access to resources from neighboring agencies.”
More than 60 percent of Metro buses and nearly 50 percent of Metro Rail Lines operate within the City of Los Angeles, and about one-third of the Metro Blue Line operates within the City of Long Beach.
“Our ability to increase our collaboration with additional law enforcement partners will yield an increased safety and security presence,” said John Fasana, Metro Board Chair and Duarte City Mayor Pro Tem. “The Metro System is safe today, but we want to make it even safer and more secure as we continue to expand transit options throughout the county.”
The new, multi-agency contract will dramatically increase the number of police officers on the Metro system, providing a more visible law enforcement presence to deter criminal activity on buses and trains. It allocates $369.3 million to the City of Los Angeles, $246.3 million to L.A. County, and $30.1 million to the City of Long Beach for a five-year period. The new contract will also ensure greater contract compliance through clear performance metrics and accountability measures for law enforcement agencies.
“Our overriding goal here is to ensure our transit riders can ride and work safely — without fear — 100 percent of the time” said Phillip A. Washington, Metro CEO. “Increasing our partnership with local law enforcement agencies is one important part of a multi-layered approach that also includes integrating technology and coordinating closely with our federal agency partners to help keep the Metro System safe.”
“Angelenos expect accessible, dependable, and safe public transportation, and the Los Angeles Police Department will now play an integral role in protecting the millions of people using our extensive system,” said LAPD Chief Charlie Beck. “This new agreement with the MTA will have far-reaching impacts, well beyond just our rail and buses, with faster response times for emergency and priority calls for service, increased law enforcement visibility throughout the City, and added protections against the threat of terrorism.”
The Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is unique among the nation’s transportation agencies. Created in 1993, Metro is a multimodal transportation agency that transports about 1.3 million passengers daily on a fleet of 2,200 clean air buses and six rail lines. The agency also oversees bus, rail, highway and other mobility-related building projects and leads transportation planning and programming for Los Angeles County.