More police officers on Metrorail
As the school year kicks off this week in D.C. more transit officers will be riding Metrorail to keep an eye on students, authorities said.
Metro Transit Police Deputy Chief Tracie Simmons says in the past patrons have complained of inappropriate behavior, such as horseplay and running through stations. But two high-profile large fights in recent months, one in June at the Union Station Metro stop and another earlier this month at the L'Enfant Plaza stop, have raised concerns about the potential for more serious disturbances.
Simmons says patrol officers are going to orientations and meeting with parents and teachers as they have in the past. But she says the department is staffing more officers this week and the big difference patrons will see is officers riding trains with students.
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