Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police
|Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police|
|Patch of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police.|
|Logo of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police.|
|Legal personality||Governmental: Government agency|
|Operations jurisdiction*||City of New York in the state of New York, USA|
|Legal jurisdiction||New York and Connecticut|
|Specialist jurisdiction||Commuter transit systems and immediate environs, rail, tram, ferry, bus, etc.|
|Director responsible||Douglas Zeigler|
|Agency executive||Michael R. Coan, Chief|
|* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.|
The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police, or MTA Police, is the police agency of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority, or MTA. Officers of the MTA Police are fully empowered under the New York State Public Authorities Law and are commissioned in the state of Connecticut.
The department was formed in 1998, with the consolidation of the Long Island Rail Road Police and the Metro-North Railroad Police Departments. Since 9/11, the department has expanded in size and has ramped up dramatically its counter-terrorism capabilities, adding canine teams and emergency services officers. There are 1 lieutenant, 4 sergeants, and 44 police officers who are assigned to the K-9 Unit and serve as handlers with their canine partners.
On June 1, 2005 the MTA Staten Island Railway Police Department, with 25 officers, was merged with the MTA Police. The MTA Staten Island Railway Police Department was responsible for policing the Staten Island Rapid Transit System (SIRT) in the Staten Island borough of New York City. This was the final step in consolidating MTA agency law enforcement, and increased the total workforce of the department to 716, including civilians.
Because the Triborough Bridge and Tunnel Authority is a part of the MTA, there has been discussion around incorporating the Bridge and Tunnel Officers (BTOs) into the MTA Police. This has not yet occurred, primarily because BTOs are in a separate government department and there are concerns about police training.
Ranks of Department
The following is a list of all of the ranks of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department:
|Title||Insignia||Uniform Shirt Color|
|Chief of Department||
|Assistant Deputy Chief||
Rank insignia for Sergeant and Detective Sergeant (when in uniform) is worn on the upper sleeves of the shirt and jacket while rank insignia for Lieutenant through Chief of Department is worn on the collars of the shirt and the shoulders of the jacket.
The districts of the M.T.A. Police Department include:
- District # 1 - Suffolk County, New York
- District # 2 - Nassau County, New York
- District # 3 - Queens and Kings Counties of New York
- District # 4 - Penn Station
- District # 5 - Grand Central Terminal and 125th Street Station
- District # 6 - Lower Westchester County and the Bronx, New York
- District # 7 - Upper Westchester, Dutchess, Rockland, Putnam, and Orange Counties of New York
- District # 8 - Fairfield and New Haven Counties of Connecticut
- District # 9 - Richmond County, New York
The department has the following specialized units (details):
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