Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police

Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police

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The Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority Police (T Police / Transit Police) is a police force which has primary jurisdiction on Massachusetts Bay Transportation Authority (MBTA) property and vehicles in each of the 178 cities and towns within the MBTA District. The department has grown to an authorized strength of 266 officers and 10 civilians. The majority of the MBTA Police Department's efforts are focused on patrol in Boston and surrounding communities. The department patrols and protects the 5 subway lines to include the Silver Line, 13 commuter rail lines, 4 passenger ferry routes, 181 bus routes and The Ride paratransit system in Massachusetts communities. Deputy Chief Paul MacMillan has been named by MBTA General Manager Daniel A. Grabauskas as the acting chief of the force to replace Joseph C. Carter who left the job to accept the position of Adjutant General (TAG) of Massachusetts National Guard. No permanent replacement has been named.

History

In October 1968, legislation was passed (Chapter 664 of the Acts of 1968, amended by Chapter 829 of the Acts of 1970 and Chapter 329 of the Acts of 1993) which created the MBTA Police Department (hereafter referred to as the MBTA Transit Police Department or the MBTA Transit Police) under the provisions of Massachusetts General Law (M.G.L.), Chapter 31. The first full-time MBTA Transit Police Officers were hired on December 9, 1968. Chapter 664 of the Acts of 1968...
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