Metro Transit Police Officer Job - Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority - Washington, District of Columbia

September 19, 2013

Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority

Position Title: Metro Transit Police Officer
Position Type: Civilian
Closing Date: 12/31/2031
Job Description


This is professional level Transit Police work.

  • Protects life, safety and welfare of transit patrons and employees, enforces laws and regulations, investigates crimes committed on or against facilities owned, controlled, or operated by the Authority, and protects Authority revenue.
  • Serves as a sworn police officer with full apprehension and arrest powers throughout the Transit Zone.
  • Work requires a substantial element of personal risk.
  • Has latitude for independent judgment within established guidelines.
  • Work requires tactful, conscientious and efficient performance of duties under minimal direct supervision.
Additional Information


  • Patrols Authority facilities to ensure order and prevent the commission of crime.
  • Operates assigned police vehicles as required.
  • Investigates crimes or incidents, preserves evidence, identifies witnesses and protects the crime scene pending the arrival of investigating officer(s) and supervising official(s).
  • Responds to calls for police service.
  • Provides assistance to transit patrons to include routing information and emergency first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Performs revenue protection duties within the Metrorail system, on armored truck/train, on the revenue collection loading docks and within the revenue collection facility.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters.
  • Transports and escorts prisoners, detainees, and mental patients, using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Breaks up fights and affrays.
  • Engages in functions in confined areas, e.g., extended walking foot patrols, and physically inspecting buildings, stations, doors, elevators, windows, bus divisions, service yards and other areas to ensure they are secure.
  • Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of criminal defendants, suspects, arrestees, and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Effectively restrains a criminal suspect, assailant, or perpetrator, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdues resisting arrestees using maneuvers and resorts to the use of hands and feet and other approved devices in self-defense.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations and other duties which may involve quickly entering and exiting secured areas, lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects, climbing up and down elevated surfaces, climbing through openings, jumping over obstacles, crawling in confined areas, and using body force to gain entrance.
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles (buses, trains, cars, etc.) mail, items, objects capable of concealing contraband, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects and detaining people.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Reviews and comprehends both legal and non-legal documents, including the processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitment orders, summons and other legal writs.
  • Performs crisis prevention, including counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action.
  • Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations, does filing, alphabetizing and labeling.
  • Gathers information in criminal and administrative investigations by interviewing and obtaining statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informants and exercises independent judgment in determining when probable cause exists to recommend arrest, warrants or disciplinary action if required.
  • Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses or administrative violations; also detects the presence of conditions such as smoke, unusual or excessive noise, odors, etc.
  • Takes photographs and obtains a legible set of inked fingerprints of arrestees, suspects, etc.
  • May be required to work variable hours during inclement weather, and when necessary, work extended tours of duty.
  • Testifies in court relative to specific findings as required.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position. It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Job Requirements
  • Age : 21
  • Education : High School Diploma or GED
  • Additional Requirement :


    • Knowledge of modern methods, procedures and practices of police science and crime prevention applicable to a transit environment and mass transportation operations.
    • Knowledge of MD, VA, and DC laws pertaining to apprehension, arrest and the use of firearms.
    • Knowledge of Federal and local/jurisdictional laws, privacy laws, statues, regulations and court procedures affecting police work of the Authority.
    • Knowledge of basic first aid techniques and cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
    • Skill in general reasoning to analyze situations quickly and objectively and determine a proper course of action.
    • Skill in operating special type motor vehicles as required.
    • Skill in communication to exchange information with supervisor, co-workers and others to include legal settings.
    • Skill in written communication (e.g., grammar, punctuation, spelling and vocabulary) to prepare correspondence.
    • Skill in interpersonal relations to establish and maintain effective working relationships and deal with others in a customer-oriented, business-like manner.
    • Skill in the use of firearms.
    • Ability to work under pressure, make decisions and take appropriate action in otherwise stressful situations.
    • Ability to make forcible arrests, carry weapons, and when necessary, use force and possibly “deadly force.”


    • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate (GED).
    • Twenty one (21) years of age on the date of appointment.
    • U.S. Citizenship.
    • Have never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.


    Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license issued from the jurisdiction of residence.


    Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical and psychological examinations for this job (including drug screening), and periodic examinations thereafter as required. Must be able to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

    Candidates must have maximum uncorrected visions of 20/60 in each eye and corrected vision in each eye of at least 20/30.

    Successful completion of the security and background investigation for this position.

  • Salary Information
    Entry Level Salary: $48,395  annual

    Contact Information

    Chezda Jones
    Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority
    600 Fifth Street, NW
    Washington, District of Columbia 20001
    ph: (202)962-1222

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