Metro Transit Police Captain

Washington D.C.
Mar 10, 2017
Mar 30, 2017
Full Time
Job Description
Job Title: Metro Transit Police Captain
Job ID: 170128 Location: DC - Stone Straw MTPD Trning
Posting Open-Close 03/09/2017
- 03/30/2017
Full/Part Time: Full-Time
Union NRP
Regular/Temporary: Regular Job Description

Posting/Position Details:

All WMATA posted job openings are available through 11:59 pm the night before the noted Close Date. To ensure successful submission of application applicants are encouraged to apply well before this cut-off.  The noted Close Date is the date on which the posting is automatically removed from the website as of 12:00am at which time submission of an application is no longer possible. (WMATA reserves the right to remove postings at any time without notice as business needs demand.)



  • Graduation from an accredited college or university with a Bachelor’s Degree in Police Science, Police Administration, Criminal Justice, Law Enforcement, or other related field.


  • In lieu of Bachelor’s Degree, an additional four (4) years of administrative, technical, tactical, operations, police supervisory, investigative, and security operations experience may be considered.


  • Ten (10) years of extensive, progressively responsible, administrative, technical, tactical, operations, and supervisory experience in police, investigative, and security operations.


  • Have never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.


  • Current certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the District of Columbia; and completion of the law enforcement training requirements for any of these jurisdictions and the United States Government.  This requirement may be waived based on other law enforcement certifications held and relevant work experience.
  • Must obtain a certification as a law enforcement officer from the State of Maryland, the Commonwealth of Virginia, or the District of Columbia within 12 months of start date and this certification must be maintained while employed.
  • Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator’s license issued from the jurisdiction of residence. 



  • Certification as a law enforcement officer in the State of Maryland.

Medical Group:

Satisfactorily complete the medical examination for this position, if required.  The incumbent must be able to perform the essential functions of this position either with or without reasonable accommodations.


This is professional supervisory and technical police work. Employee in this class is responsible for Oversight and Command of assigned MTPD divisions and departments.  Position is responsible for the supervision of subordinate Metro Transit Police Officers, officials and civilians in the protection of life, safety and welfare of transit riders and the property of the Authority. Incumbent has wide latitude for independent judgment and action within established guidelines and is supervised by the Deputy Chief of the organizational element to which he/she is assigned. The incumbent is expected to independently plan, implement and oversee major programs and projects and may serve as Deputy Chief in his/her absence.


  • Plans, coordinates and administers the operation and resources of their assigned bureau or office; manages major operational functions and programs.
  • Identifies and oversees the training of the subordinate staff in police/security procedures, duties, and the proper use of equipment.
  • Responds to community needs and concerns through written correspondence and the organization of internal and external meetings.
  • Participates in conferences, seminars, committees, and meetings as the Deputy Chief’s representative.  Attends civic and community meetings to explain police problems, policies, and plans.
  • Reviews policy proposals by other departments, agencies, and governmental entities as requested. Assists with development of regulations, policies and procedures.
  • Develops and implements internal monitoring systems to ensure administrative and operational activities are in compliance with appropriate standards, policies, and procedures.
  • Administers discipline in compliance with Authority rules and applicable collective bargaining agreements.  Ensures compliance by subordinates with the rules, regulations, and general orders. Receives and resolves complaints in a proper manner and establishes favorable public relations.
  • Conducts meetings, listening to complaints, disseminating information to subordinate staff.
  • Creates a work environment that reflects a commitment to protect the safety of employees and WMATA customers.
  • Supervises and coordinates the coverage of special events; to include overall planning, written estimates, of expected traffic, crowd control and crime problems and logistic requirements.
  • Identifies and supports the development of staff in preparation for advancement and promotional opportunities.
  • Assesses and monitors the effectiveness and efficiency of service delivery methods and procedures to include assessing staff’s work load, internal relationships and other related issues.
  • Represents the Department by preparing and conducting presentations at MetroStat Meetings.
  • Works with Management regarding Worker’s Compensation issues or occurrences.
  • Advises staff on operational procedures and problem solving; assists with strategic planning; assists Department staff in development of goals and objectives.
  • Impacts employee relations by exemplifying and enforcing consistent, fair and inclusive employment practices, legal and corporate compliance, and attitudes and behaviors reflective of the Department's commitment to diversity and community involvement.  Delegate’s authority when consistent with the good order of the Department.
  • Conducts investigations within his/her area of responsibility as required by determining the causes of accident and citizen complaint investigation and provides follow-up recommendations.
  • Provides written reports, as well as other related updates and results to the Deputy Chief, Assistant Chief and Chief of Police
  • Stays abreast and have an understanding of modern principles, methods and procedures of law enforcement to include internal investigations, criminal investigations, patrol, crime prevention, traffic control, police training, and public relations.
  • Sets goals and objectives and monitors the performance of subordinates. Evaluate the performance of subordinate personnel according to departmental procedures.
  • Responds appropriately and accurately to media inquiries at the direction of the Assistant Chief or Chief of Police.

Evaluation Criteria:

Consideration will be given to applicants whose resumes demonstrate the required education and experience. Applicants should include all relevant education and work experience.

Evaluation criteria may include one or more of the following:

  • Personal Interview
  • Skills Assessments
  • Verification of education and experience
  • Criminal Background Check
  • Credit history report for positions with fiduciary responsibilities
  • Successful completion of a medical examination including a drug and alcohol screening
  • Review of a current Motor Vehicle Report


Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, a Federal contractor, is an Equal Opportunity / Affirmative Action employer.  All qualified applicants receive consideration for employment without regard to race, color, creed, religion, national origin, sex, gender, gender identity, age, sexual orientation, genetic information, physical or mental disability, or status as a protected veteran, or any other status protected by applicable federal law, except where a bona fide occupational qualification exists.  Our hiring process is designed to be accessible and free from discrimination.

This posting is an announcement of a vacant position under recruitment.  It is not intended to replace the official job description.  Job descriptions are available upon confirmation of an interview.

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