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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.

-- Associated Press

Metro police adjust after brawl
| Metro steps up patrols after school

By Michael Bolden  | August 23, 2010; 3:55 PM ET
Categories:  Metro  
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Gallery Place and L'Enfant Plaza are always bad with the kids from Wilson High school transfering there. Metro has tried talking to the students at the high school, having more police at Gallery Place but nothing it seems makes up for the lack of home training.

Posted by: Jimof1913 | August 23, 2010 4:50 PM | Report abuse

Perhaps Metro police can assume an "all hands on deck" stance on the Red Line during school dismissal times at the stations most negatively impacted by high school bullies. As well, I hope MPD steps up to resolve the targeting of high schoolers who attend private schools and ride Metro daily. Clearly, Metro police have failed at this.

Posted by: dcquilter | August 24, 2010 6:02 AM | Report abuse

Without tear gas and riot gear, this is nothing.

Posted by: jiji1 | August 24, 2010 12:40 PM | Report abuse

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