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Need current list of US/Canada systems that have Transit Police

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ATU
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Need current list of US/Canada systems that have Transit Police
Posted by ATU on Saturday, September 26, 2020 1:52 PM

Thank You in advance. Some Transit systems have police departments that are larger then the cities and burbs that they service.

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Posted by CSSHEGEWISCH on Monday, September 28, 2020 10:00 AM

I would believe that most rail operations, such as Metra, NJ Transit, Metro North, etc. would have their own police with full police powers under state statute.  Transit operations (bus, light rail, rapid transit) are often policed by mass transit details of the city police department.

The daily commute is part of everyday life but I get two rides a day out of it. Paul
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Posted by Warren J on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 12:51 PM

ATU

Thank You in advance. Some Transit systems have police departments that are larger then the cities and burbs that they service.

 

In the Washington DC metropolitan area, WMATA (METRO) police need to be aware of the laws/ordinances of Virginia, Maryland, and DC plus those of the various local jurisdictions in its service area.

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Posted by JPS1 on Wednesday, September 30, 2020 7:48 PM
The Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) Police Department has approximately 300 officers.  It consists of a chief, two deputy chiefs, one captain, six lieutenants, four civilian managers, and 27 sergeants.
 
DART Police officers can arrest, serve arrest warrants, issue citations, search and seize, and file criminal charges.  They are armed. 
 
The DART Police department is independent of any other police department, including the Dallas Police Department.  The Dallas PD has over 3,300 sworn officers and approximately 500 civilian employees.  
 
The DART Police Department can be seen mostly at the light rail and TRE stations as well as various bus stops.  The police presence is especially evident at the transfer centers.  It even has a motorcycle unit. 
 
When the DART referendum was being debated, several proponents with experience in big city rail transit, e.g. New York City, Chicago, etc., pointed out that a large rail based transit system would eventually need a police force.  Nah, argued the locals.  We are different.  Wrong!
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Posted by charlie hebdo on Thursday, October 1, 2020 11:29 AM

ATU

Thank You in advance. Some Transit systems have police departments that are larger then the cities and burbs that they service.

 

What is your purpose in finding answers? 

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Posted by zugmann on Thursday, October 1, 2020 12:27 PM

charlie hebdo
What is your purpose in finding answers? 

The perennial poster returns. 

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Thursday, October 1, 2020 9:11 PM

zugmann

 

 
charlie hebdo
What is your purpose in finding answers? 

 

The perennial poster returns. 

 

Ohio River guy? 

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Posted by zugmann on Thursday, October 1, 2020 9:15 PM

charlie hebdo
Ohio River guy? 

I'd wager a box of donuts. 

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Posted by charlie hebdo on Friday, October 2, 2020 8:35 AM

zugmann

 

 
charlie hebdo
Ohio River guy? 

 

I'd wager a box of donuts. 

 

Raise you a box of jelly rolls! 

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Posted by Overmod on Friday, October 2, 2020 2:03 PM

I'll see you both, and raise you a bushel of trail mix.

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Posted by RailEagle on Friday, October 2, 2020 8:38 PM

San Diego MTS has unarmed, quasi-law enforcement Code Complaince Officers. 

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, October 3, 2020 4:31 AM

RailEagle
San Diego MTS has unarmed, quasi-law enforcement Code Compliance Officers.

These are the guys that check for farebeating.  They have 'arrest powers' but hand off victims to "security officers" at stations (who are contract employees, perhaps from security firms, perhaps armed; note how carefully this has been worded).

https://www.sdmts.com/sites/default/files/attachments/FS_TransitEnforc.pdf

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Posted by zugmann on Saturday, October 3, 2020 10:50 AM

Overmod

I'll see you both, and raise you a bushel of trail mix.

 

Nobody likes trail mix.  

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Posted by Overmod on Saturday, October 3, 2020 7:31 PM

zugmann
Nobody likes trail mix.

That's part of my point.

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Posted by JPS1 on Monday, October 5, 2020 11:23 AM

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 San Diego MTS has unarmed, quasi-law enforcement Code Complaince Officers. 

DART also has fare checkers on the light rail trains.  Although I have not looked for the data recently, several years ago a former colleague that works for DART told me that DART estimates up to 20 percent of the riders don't pay for their ride.

I lived in Dallas for more than 33 years.  I visit often.  I usually take the light rail from Mockingbird Station to downtown.  On several occasions, when the fare checkers get on the front of the car, there is a scramble of mostly young men exiting through the rear door as fast as they can.  I suspect that they did not pay for their ride.  

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