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  • Who are those MTA "Transit Security Officers?"

    They drive white Crown Vics with a non-amber light bar. They do vehicle and foot patrol around metro stations. They wear blue police uniforms, have a full Sam Browne, and carry. They look like PD . . . .

    But if LASD has TSB, why does MTA deploy this extra "police" unit?

    Just curious,

    Stugotz
    Focused Recruit

  • #2
    Those guys follow MTA currency trucks and provide additional security for the rails and such. I spoke to a K-9 officer from there who said that they are exploring the possibility of bringing back the old MTA P.D.
    Saving the world,one funeral escort at a time....

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    • #3
      Will they be armed this time around?
      I don't answer recruitment messages....

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      • #4
        Are they peace officers?
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        • #5
          Are they peace officers ? No.
          Saving the world,one funeral escort at a time....

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          • #6
            I was too young to remember RTD PD. I was around when LACMTA PD was around. They were all armed. They also had security during that time. I worked for the rail lines the MTA was building.

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            • #7
              Not related to the current MTA Transit Security Officers, but check out mtapolice.net

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              • #8
                MTA security becoming MTA PD again??? doubtful- LAPD butchered that dept( hated them from the start and did all they could to get rid of them) the basic fact was that the LACMTA didn't really want a PD- it was a "necessary evil" due to liability and lack of cohesive policing and security services for the transit system we "supposedly" have.The MTA works across at least (4) of the area counties and getting the alphabet soup of agencies to properly respond to to transit crimes,let alone work together in reporting and investigating transit crimes, was a nightmare. MTAPD, formerly SCRTDPD,was put together rather sloppily(fault being that alot of "know it all" civies and opportunistic pocket padding burn out cops jumped on the original bandwagon).

                LACMTAPD was getting BETTER in the mid '90s until the issues of jurisdictional rivalry,particularly with LAPD, as well as officers demands started hitting mgm't. Several highly scrutinized arrests,Disputes over pay and retirement, a few shootings, and the death of an MTA PD officer (killed in a T.C by a drunk driver) led to criticism of the dept by larger regional depts and the MTA board sought "solutions". LAPD jumped on the bandwagon with its odious "one city- one police" plan and by 1997, MTAPD was a bygone thing.the bitter and ill concieved "merger"(LAPD took 60% of the officers and 45% of the jursidiction,while LASD took 40% of the officers and 55% of the rest of the area) showed city council,as well as the MTA and county BOS that larger agency mergers really didn't work as well as they all thought( which is why LAXPD,PORT PD,LAUSDPD haven't been merged in LAPD,or LASD so far). Poor service and aggressive contract negotiations led to the complete assigning of MTA transit policing LASD,although LAPD still responds to transit crimes as they occur within LA city jurisdiction as well.

                Alot of folks continue to think that MTAPD will return, just like they believe that the L.A. Comm. College district will reform its 140 officer disbanded PD, and that Compton PD will return. these same folks also believe in the "easter bunny" and "santy - claus".

                As far as the current MTA security officers? they are armed security augment to LASD policing services(though not under the supervision of LASD); I don't know their current deployment #s and haven't seen the MTA security actually on patrol in my area in almost a yr(LASD-TSB comes thru frequently); I have heard they have a combo of training which includes PC 832 and in service defense tactics,conflict resolution,customer service,as well as have their BCIS priv. security permits.I know they used to issue parking and fare evasion cites, but as far as arrests or emergency responses? doubtful.Last time I saw these yahoos, they were wearing light blue shirts and dark pants .You should check the LACMTA website to see if they are hiring ,if you want to try armed security patrol work,and use it later to pad your work history.....
                Last edited by DOAcop38; 09-03-2008, 03:30 PM.
                "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                • #9
                  Thanks DOA, as usual, your post was informative and hilarious!

                  I'll wait it out on the current LASD eligible list, and start applying to other PDs as well.
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                  • #10
                    Originally posted by Stugotz View Post
                    Thanks DOA, as usual, your post was informative and hilarious!

                    I'll wait it out on the current LASD eligible list, and start applying to other PDs as well.
                    Your times a coming ,Stu! And I'll expect an invite to your academy graduation( i'll bring the badge bunnies and the 12 pack too so you can get your 1st official I.A. beef)
                    "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                    • #11
                      Originally posted by DOAcop38 View Post
                      Your times a coming ,Stu! And I'll expect an invite to your academy graduation( i'll bring the badge bunnies and the 12 pack too so you can get your 1st official I.A. beef)
                      SIR, YES, SIR.

                      SIR, THANK YOU, SIR!
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                      • #12
                        "Who are those MTA Transit Security Officers?"

                        Thought I make a couple of clarifications as to, "Who are those MTA Transit Security Officers?" We are about 100 Transit Security Officers represented by the Teamsters Union. We are fully armed, semi-auto and shotgun , no need for BCIS requirement due to us being a Public entity. Uniforms are black not blue. We patrol bus divisions from the Southbay, SF Valley, SG Valley, Westide, Blue, Green, Red, Orange, Gold and soon ELA and EXPO lines. We do respond to emergency situations and we do make arrests. Though we have no peace officer powers as of yet, progress has been made to change that. If all goes well in the near future we plan on expanding our numbers significantly, that is if the powers that be would allow that, "MTA Board". We have K-9 Bomb Detection Units that patrol and respond to calls. We cite only on district property for parking related issues, we do not cite for fare evasion, LASD handles that. As far as training goes, this has been a long fought issue by our officers, but soon all this will change. P.C. 832, in service training, DHS training are currentyl the training that is given. One note to mention a name change has been approved and is in the works. Lastly, we do have a cordial relationship with LASD-TSB. Stugotz, good luck in your process with LASD. Hope this helps clarify and answer some of your questions. Feel free to PM if you have additional questions.

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                        • #13
                          Glad to receive your thorough response! Thanks, and much thanks for your well wishes. All questions answered now

                          Stay safe out there,

                          Stugotz
                          Focused Recruit

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                          • #14
                            So, gpjr, you are saying that MTA is basically reinventing a "wheel" they have created and dismantled at least 3 times in modern history???? and if you aren't ,at min. 836.5 PC or working under 830.7(b)PC, you are little more than private security ,capable of only priv. persons arrests so don't hang yourself out there on a "belief" that you handle more than what you are actually and legally required to do.The job may pay well and you may get some decent training, but DON'T hold your breath if you think that MTAPD will ever return; LASD has very strong proven record of contracting, and IF they decide to merge the L.A. County PD into LASD- there will most assuredly be NO MTAPD.

                            Last time I even "noticed" a transit security unit ,it was passing by the 96th street bus depot , and DIDN'T stop like I did to remove,then book a "415 man with a knife" from the bus(nor did the driver even call- if a call went out it would have been to TSB to respond anyway) .I routinely worked with, and backed the "real" MTAPD officers back in the '90s. In early '97 when they knew what their fate was,many were bitter and angry toward what they felt was a MTA mgm't sell out(Sharon Papa got her 30 pieces of silver and danced with glee).Now if you think that between Baca and Bratton, you'll have a new transit PD to work for,my advice is that you apply for any of the local PDs ,rather than wait.Other than that, use good judgement and tactics, and stay safe out on duty- anything and everything with a uniform and any symbol of authority is a target to malcontents....

                            http://webapps.metro.net/HrJobSpec/J...?grp=Teamsters

                            (didn't see any openings or salary schedule)
                            Last edited by DOAcop38; 09-04-2008, 01:48 AM.
                            "we're americans ! We don't quit because we're wrong, we just keep doing it wrong UNTIL it turns out Right"...

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                            • #15
                              DOA, in no manner did I suggest that MTA will reconstitute a PD because they are not. I was clarifying some points and making known to those that had questions about the Department and what we do. You are correct with your analysis of the Penal Code, currently we do have a MOU with LASD under 830.7 just for issuing parking cites and that may change depending on the outcome of contract talks between LASD and the MTA. Though we do arrest as private persons, we are in house not private security. With regards to handling situations beyond our call of duty, well lets just say that things have changed, but our authority and training have not. The MTA is not looking to reinvent any PD, their goal is to save money and use in house personnel more efficiently and effectively. We do have a couple of former MTAPD guys. so we're fully aware of all the past negativity. Your right about wearing a uniform and symbol of authority...by the way I haven't seen you guys in awhile, do you guys still come and check up on the flyaway?

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