The Patrol Operations Division is responsible for the field operations of the Department including special events and the honor guard function. The Patrol Operations Division consists of Police Officers and Supervisors assigned to staff the patrol beats of the Department.
Transit Police Service Area (TPSA)
There are four geographic service areas and a Headquarters service area. A Lieutenant commands each TPSA. The four geographical service areas are responsible for staffing the patrol beats of their respective areas. Each geographical TPSA includes Sergeants and Police Officers assigned to foot and vehicle patrol. The Headquarters Commander is responsible for communications, prisoner processing and lodging. Read More
Special Operations Section
At the direction of the Patrol Operations Division Commander, the Special Operations Section is responsible for providing the Department tactical support and the handling of situations involving explosives materials. The Special Operations Section is comprised of five units, the Special Weapons and Tactics Unit (SWAT), the Explosive Detection Unit (EDU), Patrol K-9 Unit, Motorcycle Unit, and Crisis Negotiation Unit. Read More
The Honor Guard represents the MBTA Transit Police Department and its members at official law enforcement, government, community, or transit related functions (e.g., academy graduations, police funerals, promotional ceremonies, parades, etc.) that are assigned and/or approved by the Chief of Police or his/her designee. Read More
Detail Administration Unit
The Detail Administration Unit is responsible for managing all overtime and paid detail assignments. Responsibilities include ensuring compliance with Department policies, rules, and procedures as well as with all collective bargaining obligations.