Metro Transit Police have created a new unit dedicated to deterring terrorist attacks in the Metro system. The new anti-terrorism team will supplement ongoing police efforts with increased surveillance, more frequent random security sweeps, and heightened visibility of uniformed officers around the system.
The unit will respond to suspicious package alerts and any direct threats of terrorism and will work to enhance cooperation and information sharing with federal and local law enforcement agencies. Twenty veteran officers comprise the unit, working in five, four-person teams. Funding for the new unit comes from a $9.5 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security.