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(Washington, DC) — Expect to see more Transit Police officers at Metrorail stations near schools and on trains and buses with large student populations. With area schools back in session, police will increase patrols to monitor students traveling through the Metro system during after-school hours. Officers will encourage kids to keep moving, discourage them from loitering and remind them about appropriate behavior while riding Metro. They will also reprimand students who are violating regulations by fighting, littering, eating or drinking. Students caught breaking the rules will get written warnings and may even be arrested depending on the severity of the violation. Police have set up a special hotline voicemail at 202-962-2118, for riders to report disorderly conduct by students. Transit Police Chief Michael Taborn says Metro wants to start off the new school year right so that everyone feels secure while riding Metro.

Courtesy Metro Networks