Maryland Transit Administration Police

Maryland Transit Administration Police
Maryland Transit Administration Police patch

The Maryland Transit Administration Police (MTA Police) is the law enforcement branch of the Maryland Transit Administration directed to patrol public transportation and related facilities in and around the Baltimore, Maryland, area. Officers are certified by the Maryland Police and Correctional Training Commission and have full police powers.

Specialized units within the department include Criminal Investigations Unit, K9, Motorcycles, VIPR and Professional Standards.

The current chief of police is Colonel John E. Gavrilis. Acting Deputy Chief of Police is Major Fred Damron JR. Bureau commanders are Captain Jerome Howard (Southern District), Captain Robert Rosendale (Northern District), Captain Robert Stanley (Administrative Bureau), Acting Captain Burna McCullom (Technical Services) and Captain William Collins JR (Special Operations). Former Chief Douglas Deleaver is National Vice President of the National Organization of Black Law Enforcement Executives.



The department was founded on October 1, 1971, by act of the Maryland State Legislature as the Mass Transit Administration Police Force. On October 1, 2001, when the Mass Transit Administration was renamed the Maryland Transit Administration, the police force changed its name to reflect the change.


The primary patrol vehicle of the department is the Chevrolet Impala. Ford Crown Victorias are also used. The prisoner transport vehicles are Dodge and Chevrolet vans. Harley Davidson motorcycles are currently used. Current markings are all black vehicles with yellow lettering stating transit police. Towards the front of the vehicle is the department's uniform patch and at the rear is the Maryland Transit Administration logo. Light bars are red and blue rotating lights or LED lights, though some vehicles have strobe lights incorporated into the design.


Officers are each issued a Sigarms SIG Pro 2340 .40 caliber pistol, OC spray and the Asp baton.

See also

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