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The Metro Transit Police Department offers introductory answers to frequently asked questions. Should you have any further questions, contact us.

How do I apply for employment?

Visit our Recruiting page.

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How do I file a commendation/complaint?

Visit the Commendation/Complaint page and fill out the form.

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How do I file a police report?

For questions regarding filing a police report, call MTPD communications 24 hours a day at 202-962-2121.

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How do I report harassment?

Visit the Harassment page and fill out the form.

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How do I obtain a copy of a police report?

Individuals and/or their insurance companies requesting reports should mail the Office of the Crime Analysis Division providing:

  • a written request including report number,
  • a check or money order for $5.00, made payable to the Washington Metropolitan Area Transit Authority, and
  • a self-addressed, stamped envelope.

Individuals who appear in person at the MTPD Office of Records for copies of reports permitted for release shall receive same, free of charge. As a general rule, the Crime Analysis Division will not fax police reports. The MTPD Office of Records is located at

600 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

The checks, along with a copy of the request shall be processed by the MTPD Administrative Office of the Office of the Treasury.

Individuals must call 202-962-2125 prior to coming to 600 5th Street, NW to ensure the report is available.

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How do I pay for a citation?

You are directed to report to any Metropolitan Police District Station listed on the reverse side of your citation within 15 days and post required collateral for the listed offense. You have the option to forfeit collateral, request a date for your appearance in court or mail a copy of your ticket and a check or money order (Payable to "DC Treasurer") to:

Metro Transit Police Department
600 5th Street, NW
Washington, DC 20001

Failure to deposit collateral within 15 days from the date you received your citation will cause this matter to be presented to the DC Superior Court and will result in the issuance of a warrant for your arrest. For further questions, call Officer Joseph Kelly at 202-962-2173.

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How do I inquire about a parking ticket?

For questions regarding parking tickets received on your vehicle within 15 days of receipt, call Officer Lorenzo Smalls at 202-962-2193.

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How do I inquire about an impounded car?

Call MTPD communications 24 hours a day at 202-962-2121.

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How do I recover personal property?

The MTPD has procedures to retain, safeguard, and eventually dispose of evidence and prisoner property. To have this property released back to you, follow the below procedures:

  • Evidence - After evidence is released by the prosecuting attorney (usually after trial), the owner must call the property clerk, Officer Darnell Hall, at 202-962-2134 to make an appointment. The owner will need to come to

    600 5th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    and will need to provide indentification.
  • Prisoner Property - The owner must call the property clerk, Officer Darnell Hall, at 202-962-2134 to make an appointment. The owner will need to come to

    600 5th Street, NW
    Washington, DC 20001

    and will need to provide indentification. Note: Your prisoner property may be located at the processing center where you were transported.
  • Found Property - Found property is generally turned over to Metro's Lost and Found. To determine if your property has been located by any Metro employee, call 202-962-1195.

For any other property questions or if you are unsure of the status of your property, call Officer Charles Ullmann at 202-962-2134.

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How do I apply to "Ride Along"?

It is the policy of the MTPD to provide a patrol observation program, permitting interested persons to accompany members performing their duties and thereby providing a realistic view of the responsibilities of a Metro Transit Police patrol officer. Participation is limited to applicants who are eighteen years of age and must meet one or more of the following criteria:

  • a resident within the Transit Zone,
  • a student of Law Enforcement or Criminal Justice,
  • an applicant for Metro Transit Police employment,
  • a visiting guest of the MTPD,
  • a member of a federal, state, local or a military law enforcement agency,
  • a relative or friend of a member of the MTPD or
  • any person whose participation would be in the best interest of the MTPD, as determined by the Chief.

To schedule or get more information, contact Sergeant Jerome Enoch at 202-962-2696 or by email.

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How do I collect a uniform patch?

Due to security concerns, the Metro Transit Police departmental patch is not distributed to the public.

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How do I email key members of the department?

Visit our Contact Us page.

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