Metro Transit Police Officer

Washington D.C.
Sep 05, 2018
Dec 03, 2018
Full Time
Job Description

This is an extended duration posting for current and future openings. Applications will be continuously assessed.

The Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority (WMATA) invites applications from both civilians and military applicants for the Metro Transit Police Officer position.

  • Shift:  Various
  • Location: Various
  • Assigned Days Off:  Various

Minimum Qualifications:

  • Graduation from high school or possession of a high school equivalency certificate (GED).
  • Twenty one (21) years of age on the date of appointment.
  • U.S. Citizenship and have never been convicted of a felony or serious misdemeanor.


Possession of a valid motor vehicle operator's license issued from the jurisdiction of residence. Must obtain and maintain police certification in the District of Columbia, the state of Maryland and the Commonwealth of Virginia.


Lateral transfers will be considered for candidates with current military occupational skills and/or service occupational codes (SOC) listed below or have similar documented training/designations.


MOS/SOC and/or Military Function

US Air Force

Security Forces, Combat Control, Combat Rescue Officer, Pararescue, Tactical AirControl Party Specialist, Special Operations US Army 11B, 11C, 18B, 31B, 31K US Marine Corps 5800, 5811, 5812, 5812, 5814, 5816, 5819 US Navy 001509, 002650, 2005, 2006, 2009, 299, 90IT, 90MP, 9545, MA Master-At-Arms US Coast Guard 741

Job Summary/Duties:

  • This is professional level Transit Police work.  Protects life, safety and welfare of transit patrons and employees, enforces laws and regulations, investigates crimes committed on or against facilities owned, controlled, or operated by the Authority, and protects Authority revenue.  Serves as a sworn police officer with full apprehension and arrest powers throughout the Transit Zone.  Work requires a substantial element of personal risk.  Has latitude for independent judgment within established guidelines.  Work requires tactful, conscientious and efficient performance of duties under minimal direct supervision.

Major Duties:

  • Patrols Authority facilities to ensure order and prevent the commission of crime.
  • Operates assigned police vehicles as required.
  • Investigates crimes or incidents, preserves evidence, identifies witnesses and protects the crime scene pending the arrival of investigating officer(s) and supervising official(s).
  • Responds to calls for police service.
  • Provides assistance to transit patrons to include routing information and emergency first aid, including cardiopulmonary resuscitation.
  • Performs revenue protection duties within the Metrorail system, on armored truck/train, on the revenue collection loading docks and within the revenue collection facility.
  • Performs rescue functions at accidents, emergencies and disasters.
  • Transports and escorts prisoners, detainees, and mental patients, using handcuffs and other appropriate restraints.
  • Breaks up fights and affrays.
  • Engages in functions in confined areas, e.g., extended walking foot patrols, and physically inspecting buildings, stations, doors, elevators, windows, bus divisions, service yards and other areas to ensure they are secure.
  • Endures verbal and mental abuse when confronted with the hostile views and opinions of criminal defendants, suspects, arrestees, and other people encountered in an antagonistic environment.
  • Effectively restrains a criminal suspect, assailant, or perpetrator, forcibly if necessary, using handcuffs and other restraints, subdues resisting arrestees using maneuvers and resorts to the use of hands and feet and other approved devices in self-defense.
  • Pursues fleeing suspects and performs rescue operations and other duties which may involve quickly entering and exiting secured areas, lifting, carrying, and dragging heavy objects, climbing up and down elevated surfaces, climbing through openings, jumping over obstacles, crawling in confined areas, and using body force to gain entrance.
  • Performs searches of people, vehicles (buses, trains, cars, etc.) mail, items, objects capable of concealing contraband, buildings and large outdoor areas which may involve feeling and detecting objects and detaining people.
  • Conducts visual and audio surveillance for extended periods of time.
  • Reviews and comprehends both legal and non-legal documents, including the processing of such documents as medical instructions, commitment orders, summons and other legal writs.
  • Performs crisis prevention, including counseling, suicide prevention, recognizing abnormal behavior and taking appropriate action.
  • Prepares investigative and other reports, including sketches, using appropriate grammar, symbols and mathematical computations, does filing, alphabetizing and labeling.
  • Gathers information in criminal and administrative investigations by interviewing and obtaining statements of victims, witnesses, suspects, and confidential informants and exercises independent judgment in determining when probable cause exists to recommend arrest, warrants or disciplinary action if required.
  • Detects and collects evidence and substances that provide the basis of criminal offenses or administrative violations; also detects the presence of conditions such as smoke, unusual or excessive noise, odors, etc.
  • Takes photographs and obtains a legible set of inked fingerprints of arrestees, suspects, etc.

  • May be required to work variable hours during inclement weather, and when necessary, work extended tours of duty.
  • Testifies in court relative to specific findings as required.

The above duties and responsibilities are not intended to limit specific duties and responsibilities of any particular position.  It is not intended to limit in any way the right of supervisors to assign, direct and control the work of employees under their supervision.

Medical Group:

Ability to satisfactorily complete the medical and psychological examinations for this job (including drug screening), and periodic examinations thereafter as required.  Must be able to perform the essential functions of this job with or without reasonable accommodation(s).

Candidates must have maximum uncorrected visions of 20/60 in each eye and corrected vision in each eye of at least 20/30.

Successful completion of the security and background investigation for this position.

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:

  • Training and experience
  • Personal Interview
  •  Medical examination which may include alcohol and drug screening
  • Performance and attendance record
  • Background check which may include verification of employment, education, criminal history, and driver's record


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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