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Metro Transit Police Officer

Metro Transit Police Department - Washington, District of Columbia

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Entry Level Salary:
$53,012.00 annual

Job Description


This is professional level Transit Police work. Incumbent 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. Incumbent serves as a sworn police officer with full apprehension and arrest powers throughout the Transit Zone. Incumbent must obtain and maintain police certification in the District of Columbia, State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia. This position requires a substantial element of personal risk. Incumbent has latitude for independent judgment within established guidelines. Work in this position requires tactful, conscientious and efficient performance of duties under minimal direct supervision. Applicants with prior law enforcement experience will be offered a starting salary that is commensurate with their years of experience to a maximum of five years. Applicants with military, corrections or higher education may also qualify for higher entry level salaries. For more information please contact us at 202-962-1280 or metrotransit@wmata.com.

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  • 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 protects the crime scene pending the arrival of investigating officer(s) and supervising official(s).
  • Responds to for police.
  • Provides assistance to transit patrons to include routing information and 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.
  • 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.
  • 4 hours parental leave each year.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Reviews and comprehends both legal and non-legal documents, including processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitment 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.
  • Works variable hours during inclement weather, and when necessary, works 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: 20 years and 9 months
  • Education: High School
  • Experience: None


  • Knowledge of modern methods, procedures and practices of police and crime prevention applicable to a transit environment and mass transportation operations.
  • Knowledge of M 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.
  • 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 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."
  • Ability to communicate effectively at all levels of the organization, both orally and in writing.

      Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued from the jurisdiction of residence. Must obtain and maintain police certification in the District of Columbia, The State of Maryland and Commonwealth of Virginia.


    • Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical and psychological examinations for this job (including drug screening), and periodic examinations 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 1n each eye and corrected vision in each eye of at least 20/30.
    • Successful completion of the security and background investigation for this position.

Contact Informaton

Chezda Jones

Metro Transit Police Department
600 5th Street, NW
Washington, District of Columbia 20001
phone: 202-962-1280

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