MINNEAPOLIS/ST. PAUL – (April 19) – The Metro Transit Police Department has added 22 new part-time officers to its ranks. Officers were sworn in this morning by Chief John Harrington at a ceremony in St. Paul.
“This new group of part-time officers will fill a key role for our region’s growing transit system,” Harrington said. “These well-qualified men and women of diverse backgrounds will support our everyday operations and provide us with extra resources for special events – such as Twins games and conventions. These officers will also support our commitment to increase our presence in partnership with local public safety programs like SafeZone in downtown Minneapolis.”
Part-time Metro Transit officers are full-time officers with other regional law enforcement agencies. The 22 new officers come from Minneapolis, St. Paul, Brooklyn Park and Roseville. They will join 68 licensed and sworn full-time and 41 existing part-time Metro Transit Police officers.
The new officers represent diverse community backgrounds including African-American, Asian, Latino, Somali and Native American. Nearly half are bilingual.
“Metro Transit customers represent many different cultural backgrounds,” said Harrington. “This diverse group of officers provides opportunities to connect with our ridership and their communities in new ways.”
Metro Transit Police patrol routes, rail stations and other transit facilities by riding buses and trains, in squads and on foot. The department was created in 1993 and has jurisdiction wherever Metro Transit buses and trains operate – currently in eight metro counties. Read more at metrotransit.org/police.
Metro Transit is a service of the Metropolitan Council. Customers boarded buses and trains more than 81 million times in 2012.
Contact: John Siqveland, Public Relations Manager, 612-349-7089 or firstname.lastname@example.org.