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MBTA Transit Police

The MBTA Transit Police (TPD) is a civil service police department with full police powers within the cities and towns in the MBTA’s service area. 

Contact Us

If you need to report an emergency, dial 911 or call 617-222-1212.

You can also report emergencies anonymously with the See Say App on your iPhone or Android device. We monitor the app 24 hours a day, 7 days a week, and you can expect a response within a few minutes.

For all other inquiries:

Address

240 Southampton Street
Boston, MA 02118

Phone

Office: 617-222-1212
TTY: 617-222-1200

A Message from Chief Kenneth Green

It is my honor to work with the fine women and men of the MBTA Transit Police, whose professional and diligent efforts protect the public on the oldest transit system in the country. 

As a community “on the move” we cannot do it alone. We need your help to continue to improve your safety and security while riding the MBTA. Our emphasis on community policing is a cornerstone of our strategy. Community policing is designed to promote organizational strategies, which support the regular use of partnerships and problem-solving techniques in order to proactively address the immediate conditions that give rise to public safety issues such as crime, social disorder, and fear of crime.

In order to facilitate our services to the community, while respecting differences that exist between neighborhoods, the MBTA Transit Police is structured along three geographic boundaries. The districts are overseen by the Patrol Deputy.

Should you have any questions or concerns, please contact our command staff directly.

Command Staff

police chief kenneth green
Kenneth Green
Chief of Police
superintendent sullivan
Richard Sullivan
Superintendent
deputy horton
Preston Horton
Deputy Chief, Patrol Operations Division
deputy reynolds
Sean D. Reynolds
Deputy Chief, Administration Services Division

Divisions

Patrol Operations

Patrol Operations officers and supervisors work in the field, patrolling MBTA stations, vehicles, and special events.

Special Operations

Provides tactical support and handles explosive materials, with the support of 5 units:

  • Special Weapons and Tactics (SWAT)
  • Explosive Detection Unit (EDU)
  • Patrol K-9 Unit
  • Motorcycle Unit
  • Crisis Negotiation Unit

 

Honor Guard

Represents the members of the department at funerals, parades, and ceremonial occasions. 

Details Administration 

Oversees compliance with department policies, rules, and procedures, as well as all collective bargaining obligations. Manages all overtime and paid assignments. 

Investigative Services

Responsible for investigating all crimes and incidents on MBTA properties and vehicles.

Criminal Investigation 

Investigates all crimes and serious incidents, including deaths and criminal acts. 

Crime Scene Services

Processes all crime scenes, including physical and digital evidence. Detectives also work on Hazardous Materials incidents. 

Juvenile Services and Stopwatch

Coordinates interactions with juvenile offenders, their families, and enforcement programs.  

In addition, Stopwatch coordinates positive interactions between students commuting to and from school, youth advocacy programs, and the TPD. 

Administrative Services 

Manages the hiring, promotion, training, and career advancement of all TPD officers, including all equal opportunity employment and affirmative action (EEO/AA) activities. 

Court Case Management

Prepares all criminal complaints. Distributes warrants, subpoenas, and summons. 

Tracks and schedules trials and hearing

Professional Standards 

Monitors all citizen complaints and commendations of officers. 

Partners with Massachusetts Human Resources (HRD) to hire new officers.

MBTA Transit Police Academy

Operates the regional basic training program for MBTA Transit Police and local law enforcement agencies in Massachusetts. 

Learn how you can become a Transit Police Officer. 

Policies

Use of Force

TPD follows strict Standards of Conduct and Use of Force policies. 

Please report complaints to the Superintendent’s Office at 617-222-1100. 

Prison Rape Elimination Act of 2003 (PREA)

TPD has a zero-tolerance policy toward sexual abuse and harassment of any detainee while in our custody. 

Incidents can be reported to the Chief’s Office at 617-222-1100 or the Suffolk County DA’s Office at 617-619-4350.

Anti-Sexual Harassment

Sexual harassment on the T is not tolerated. We take all reports of sexual violence seriously.

Please report incidents by calling 617-222-1212 or by contacting the Boston Area Rape Crisis Center

 

 

Request a Transit Police Department Report

If you would like to request a copy of an MBTA Transit Police Department report, please send a written request to:

MBTA Transit Police Department
240 Southampton Street
Boston, MA 02118
Attn: Records Request

There is a search and service fee of $5.00, which is payable by check or money order made out to the “MBTA Transit Police Department.” Cash is not accepted.

Please allow 5-10 business days to receive your report.