Skip to main content

Rider's Almanac Blog

COVID-19 Transit Police

In This Together: Officer Justin Johnson

Posted by Laura Baenen | Tuesday, May 19, 2020 7:33:00 PM

​​Staff across the organization, such as Metro Transit Police Department Officer Justin Johnson, are responding to the coronavirus.

How has the pandemic affected your day-to-day work? 

Normally, I'm a full-time Investigator. But now I'm working patrol out of the West Command so we can maintain coverage in 12-hour shifts. Those longer shifts help limit officers' contact with the public. At the beginning and end of each shift, I completely wipe down the squad car. On certain calls for service, we're providing masks to the people we interact with. And we're physically distancing as much as possible.

What’s it like working through a pandemic? 

It's always difficult when we're faced with new challenges. It’s difficult times like these, however, that strengthen the community as we all work through this together.

How has your life changed outside of work?

My life has changed drastically. I'm in grad school at the University of St. Thomas, and all the classes have moved online.  My Army training exercises have been canceled. And being unable to go to the gym or have large social gatherings with friends and family has been quite an adjustment.  However, I think having friends and family in the hospital when you can’t visit them has been the most difficult change. ​