Anne Arundel County Announces Strategic Light Rail Partnership to Address Community Concerns
County Police and MDOT MTA Police Team Up on Enforcement Efforts
Linthicum, MD (May 15, 2018) – Keeping with his commitment to public safety, Anne Arundel County Executive Steve Schuh, along with Police Chief Tim Altomare, today announced that the Anne Arundel County Police Department and the Maryland Department of Transportation Maryland Transit Administration (MDOT MTA) Police Force will enhance security and law enforcement at and around Light RailLink stations in the County.
“We are committed to ensuring every citizen of this County feels safe,” said Schuh. “The partnership with MDOT MTA Police regarding Light RailLink service will ensure we better enforce the law and protect our communities along the light rail line in the County.”
This operation is a response to concerns from local citizens and neighbor associations regarding issues some Light RailLink riders may have had at and around the Nursery Road, North Linthicum, Linthicum, Ferndale and Cromwell stations.
“Our police officers are committed to aggressively enforcing the law to ensure a superior quality of life for the citizens we serve,” said Altomare. “I thank the MDOT MTA Police Force for partnering with us in our efforts to protect the people of Anne Arundel County.”
The effort will include increased enforcement in the communities around Light RailLink stations by Anne Arundel County PoliceMDOT MTA will continue to monitor the effectiveness of previous safety enhancements at the station, which included lighting enhancements, as well as continuing to conduct high-visibility enforcement activity and fare inspections at the stations and on trains. These local partnerships are one reason the MDOT MTA transit system in Anne Arundel has had zero Part 1 crimes in the first quarter of 2018.
“Cooperative working agreements such as the type formalized between the MDOT MTA Police Force and the Anne Arundel County Police Department have proven to be mutually beneficial crime-fighting tools that enhance public safety in local communities,” said Colonel John E. Gavrilis, MDOT MTA Chief of Police. “Through the diligent efforts of the MDOT MTA Police Force, we continue to send the message that crime will not be tolerated on our system.”
Concerned citizens who wish to report suspicious activity in the area can call 410-222-8610.