Metro is continuously working to improve our transportation system and every trip experience for our riders. We are committed to ensuring that we are using safety and law enforcement practices that keep Metro safe for everyone.
Metro is establishing a transit Public Safety Advisory Committee (PSAC), which will work to review, comment and provide input on how the agency can re-imagine public safety on its system.
Purpose and Role
The PSAC will work with Metro’s System Security and Law Enforcement, Office of Civil Rights, Office for Equity and Race and the Executive Officer for Customer Experience in developing a community-based approach to public safety on the transit system. This includes, but is not limited to:
- Developing a mission and values statement for transit policing.
- Developing a transit ambassador program that provides staff presence at Metro facilities and on Metro vehicles.
- Identifying alternatives to armed law enforcement response to nonviolent crimes and code of conduct violations.
- Enhancing greater community stewardship of transit spaces.
- The Universal Blue Light program proposed in Metro’s June 2018 ridership initiatives.
- Education about and expansion of Metro fare discount programs.
- Outreach and services for unhoused individuals.
- Provide input on the new scope of services, budget and other provisions of the multiagency police contract renewal.
- Review Metro’s Customer Code of Conduct.
- A shift of resources from armed law enforcement to the above strategies.
On October 19 th , 2020, Metro launched its external application process to seek (15) fifteen community members and (3) three alternates to join the PSAC. During the four-week application period, we received over 380 applications. Staff also initiated an internal application process to seek (3) three ex-officio employee members and (2) two alternates. The three seats are designated for Metro employees who have experience with public engagement or providing face-to-face customer experience on Metro’s system. A smaller pool of nine applications was received.
Metro developed a multi-layered evaluation process, inclusive of a blind screening review and virtual interviews. The evaluation process was a three-month effort in collaboration with members of the Internal Steering Committee. Staff was committed to ensuring membership consisted of a diverse group of people’s experiences and perspectives and best reflected the diversity of demographics that make up our ridership. Our community member and alternate representation are 61% female, 67% are either Black/African American, Hispanic/Latinx or Asian/Pacific Islander, 67% are between 25-39 years of age, 72% renters, 50% have an annual income of $60,000 or less, 17% are persons with disabilities, and 22% are either bisexual or gay/lesbian. The selection of PSAC members was finalized the week of February 22 nd, 2021.
List of Current PSAC Members & Alternates
15 Community Members
- Ashley Ajayi
- Florence Annang
- Clarence Davis
- Scarlett de Leon
- Maricela de Rivera
- Esteban Garcia
- Mechell Graham
- Darryl Goodus
- Sabrina Howard
- Carrie Madden
- Chauncee Smith
- Constance Strickland
- Mohammad Tajsar
- Andrea Urmanita
- James Wen
3 Community Member Alternates
- Ma'ayan Dembo
- Charles Hammerstein
- Jessica Kellogg
3 Ex-Officio Employee Members
- Glenda Murrell, Train Operator
- Jose Raigoza, Transit Operations Supervisor
- Ron Rodney, Bus Operator
2 Ex-Officio Employee Alternates
- Fabian Gallardo, Principal Transportation Planner
- Raul Gomez, Train Operator