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Overview

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.

The Committee and Diversity

The committee will be made up of 15 members and three alternates. Metro hopes to bring representation from a diversity of perspectives, including race, culture, gender, sexual orientation, income, geography, immigration status, housing status, persons with disabilities and union groups.

Who can be a committee member?

Committee membership is voluntary and non-compensated. Members should be non-Metro employees that:

  • Regularly ride Metro buses or trains.
  • Are committed to ensuring that Metro follows best practices for providing transportation that is safe, and feels safe for its customers.
  • Bring relevant knowledge and expertise as a resident, advocate for racial justice and/or public safety reform, law enforcement expert, mental health provider or expert, or social services provider or expert.
  • Note: Members serving on the PSAC are not required to be US citizens.