Why does Metro have a Transit Policing Safety Committee?
Since the George Floyd protests in 2020, the Metro Board of Directors has remained resolute in its commitment to reimagine public safety and improve the experience for our riders through the deployment of community-based alternatives to law enforcement and ongoing monitoring and refinement to our safety and security programs. Opportunities for the agency include engaging a diverse, community-based group of riders with expertise that can help shape Metro’s programs and policies on an ongoing basis. This is critical to Metro’s commitment to take a holistic and equitable approach to public safety, with the goal of creating a safe, dignified and human experience for all.
What is the advisory committee expected to do?
The advisory committee has been established to provide additional perspectives from riders with expertise in the areas of racial justice, equitable transit, social services, homelessness, mental health, accessibility, public safety and law enforcement, to provide ongoing guidance on Metro’s community-based approach to safety.
The PSAC advises Office of the CEO, as well as Metro’s System Security and Law Enforcement, Office of Civil Rights, Executive Officer for Equity and Race, Communications Department and Office of Customer Experience on creating a community-based approach to public safety on the transit system. Areas of focus include:
- Advising on the implementation of prevention tactics, including reviews and assessment of pilot programs and investments in both physical and operational strategies
- Advising on community policing plans, including input on the execution of the multi-agency policing contracts
- Reviewing programs to prevent sexual harassment
- Ongoing review of performance measures related to security
- Measuring change in the perception of safety
- Reviewing employee training programs, including outreach to community-based organizations
What other Metro departments are involved in this effort?
Metro’s System Security and Law Enforcement Department engaged Metro’s Office of the CEO, Office of Civil Rights, Office of Equity and Race, Office of Customer Experience, Communications Department and the Inspector General to develop this new community-based approach.
Where does Metro stand regarding racial justice issues?
Metro stands against systematic racism and senseless violence in all forms. Metro’s programs greatly reinforce this agenda, including our Board-adopted Equity Program and Women and Girls Governing Council. Metro has also established an Office of Civil Rights as well as an Office of Equity and Race to help ensure our system supports the rights of all our transit riders.
How much time will be required of committee members? Where will the meetings be held?
Meeting dates and times will be finalized once the committee is established. However, Metro anticipates that meetings will occur virtually once per month, with sub-committees to be established on an as-needed basis.
How will members be selected?
Applications will be reviewed by members of the participating departments, including the Chief System Security and Law Enforcement Officer, Chief Civil Rights Officer, Executive Officer for Equity and Race, and Executive Officer for Customer Experience. A separate application process was used to select three non-voting (ex-officio) Metro employees representing Metro bus operators and maintenance/cleaning.
How can I get more information?
Interested community stakeholders can get the latest updates here on metro.net/psac or may email firstname.lastname@example.org for more information.
How can someone apply?
The application period is open until November 30, 2022.
How to submit your completed application and relevant attachments (choose an option below):
- Apply online here.
- Email email@example.com with the subject line “PSAC Application.”
- Mail to:
Los Angeles Metro
ATTN: Public Safety Advisory Committee
One Gateway Plaza, Mail Stop 99-25
Los Angeles, CA 90012
- Drop off at any of the following Metro Customer Centers during operating hours:
Union Station/Gateway Transit Center
One Gateway Plaza
Los Angeles, CA 90012
Baldwin Hills Crenshaw Center
3650 W. Martin Luther King Jr Bl, Ste. 189
Los Angeles, CA 90008
East Los Angeles Center
4501 B Whittier Bl
Los Angeles, CA 90022
3183 Wilshire Bl, Ste.174
Los Angeles, CA 90010
Rosa Parks Customer Center
11720 Wilmington Av
Los Angeles, CA 90059
How can I request accommodation?
PSAC meetings are expected to resume in early 2023. For accommodation at future meetings, please send your request to firstname.lastname@example.org for accommodations. All requests for reasonable accommodations, interpretation services and materials in other languages must be made at least three working days (72 hours) in advance of the scheduled meeting date.
Public Comment can be submitted by 5pm the day prior to a PSAC meeting:
- Via email: email@example.com
- By mail: Public Safety Advisory Committee, One Gateway Plaza, MS: 99-25-1, Los Angeles, CA 90012
Please include the meeting date and agenda item number in your correspondence. Comments received via mail or email will be read for up to one minute per person, per item. Public comment will be taken after each agenda item for a maximum of one-minute per comment. Comments on non-agenda items but within the subject matter jurisdiction of the PSAC will be heard at the end of agenda for a maximum of one-minute per comment.