Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police

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Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police
Abbreviation MTA Police
MTA Police.jpg
Patch of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police
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Logo of the Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police
Agency overview
Formed 1998
Legal personality Governmental: Government agency
Jurisdictional structure
Operations jurisdiction* City of New York in the state of New York, USA
Legal jurisdiction New York and Connecticut
General nature
Operational structure
Police Officers 646
Director responsible Raymond Diaz
Agency executive Owen Monaghan, Chief
Parent agency Metropolitan Transportation Authority
* Divisional agency: Division of the country, over which the agency has usual operational jurisdiction.

The Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police (MTA Police), is the law enforcement agency of New York's Metropolitan Transportation Authority. Officers of the MTA Police are fully empowered under the New York State Public Authorities Law and are commissioned in the state of Connecticut. Their geographic area of employment extends to all counties in New York served by the Metropolitan Transportation Authority, giving the MTA Police the ability to exercise full police authority within the counties of Dutchess, Putnam, Orange, Rockland, Westchester, Nassau, Suffolk, and in New York City.

The MTA Police is not responsible for the New York City Subway. The subways are patrolled by the New York City Police Department (NYPD)'s Transit Bureau.


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. The department now has one of the best trained K-9 units in the United States. At a national competition in 2013, two MTA Police dogs took third and fourth place in explosives detection.[1]

Currently, training for new recruits is conducted at the New York City Police Academy. After successfully completing the academy curriculum; officers are further trained in Connecticut law and law enforcement procedures.

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.[2]

Ranks of Department[edit]

Staten Island Rapid Transit Police Patch

The following is a list of all of the ranks of the MTA Police Department:

Title Insignia Uniform Shirt Color
Chief of Department
4 Gold Stars.svg
Assistant Chief
3 Gold Stars.svg
Deputy Chief
2 Gold Stars.svg
Assistant Deputy Chief
1 Gold Star.svg
Colonel Gold-vector.svg
Deputy Inspector
US-O4 insignia.svg
Captain/Detective Captain
Captain insignia gold.svg
Lieutenant/Detective Lieutenant
US-O1 insignia.svg
Sergeant/Detective Sergeant
NYPD Sergeant Stripes.svg
Dark Blue
Police Officer/Detective
Dark Blue

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.


MTA Police cars parked at District 9 in Staten Island
MTA Police vehicle at the Tarrytown Metro-North station
District # Location[3]
1 Central Islip
2 Garden City
3 Jamaica
4 Penn Station
5 Grand Central Terminal
6 Mt Vernon
7 Beacon
8 Stamford, Connecticut
9 Staten Island

Specialized Units[edit]

The department has the following specialized units (details):

  • Detective Division
  • Inter-agency Counterterrorism Task Force (ICTF)
  • Executive Protection Unit
  • Emergency Services Unit (ESU) [4]
  • Canine Unit (K-9)
  • Highway Patrol [5]
  • Communications Unit
  • Internal Affairs Bureau
  • Technology & System Development (TSD)
  • Right of Way Task Force (ROW)

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "2013 United States Police Canine Association National Detector Trials" (PDF). United States Police Canine Association. 
  2. ^ MTA Newsroom
  3. ^ "Contact Us". Metropolitan Transportation Authority Police Department. Retrieved October 28, 2016. 
  4. ^ Emergency Services Unit Truck
  5. ^ Highway Patrol Car

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