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'Blue Tide' Increases Police Security At Metro

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Metro officials stepped up security Friday evening with Blue Tide officers.
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Metro officials stepped up security Friday evening with Blue Tide officers.

Metro riders may have noticed an increased police presence during Friday evening's commute. The added officers were part of an operation known as Blue Tide.

Blue Tide is a public awareness campaign named for the wave of officers who sweep the through the transit system in a show-of-force security effort.

At L'Enfant Plaza, Homeland Security officers joined Metro transit police in checking trains and station corridors for suspicious activity.

One rider says he was alarmed at seeing more police at the rail station he frequently uses, until he was informed about the campaign, but another rider says seeing more police in Metro without knowing what was going on made her feel better.

"My safety is the most important thing that matters to me," she says.

Blue Tide may not roll through the system every day, but a Metro spokesperson says he hoped the effort serves as a reminder to riders to stay vigilant and report any suspicious activity they may see.

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