Police plan show of force Wednesday for Prince George’s County Metro stops

About 100 Metro Transit and Prince George’s County police officers are expected to descend on the 15 Metro stations in Prince George’s County during Wednesday evening’s rush hour as part of a security exercise.

“It is one of our initiatives to raise the visibility of police officers at stations and it’s a good chance to connect with our community,” said Cathy Asato, a Metro spokeswoman. “We do this to raise awareness to report suspicious activity. It is an anti-terror and crime prevention effort.”

Asato said the officers will be deployed at the stations from 5 to 7 p.m. to “visually check the stations and check trains.”

“They’ll look around and look for anything out of place and then step off the train,” she said.

Authorities from several different police agencies last staged a show of force in Prince George’s County in April as part of Metro’s operation “Blue TIDE” (Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort).

Last week, Metro’s General Manager Richard Sarles and Metro Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn testified on Capitol Hill about crime and terrorism prevention in the transit system.

Officials said criminals were being driven off the District’s streets into the rail network.

“They’re going to the easiest place to carry on with crimes and get away,” D.C. Police Chief Cathy L. Lanier said.

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Dana Hedgpeth is a Post reporter, working the early morning, reporting on traffic, crime and other local issues.

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