VRE's Undercover Law Enforcement Officers Program
VRE's Undercover Law Enforcement Offficer program has been in effect since 2001. The program is designed to be one component in VRE's security strategy to increase the level of security provided on our system.
Transit systems across the country have different ways of handling their security needs. The LEO program is just one of the ways VRE is addressing this issue.
VRE's Undercover Law Enforcement Offficer program has been in effect since 2001. The program is designed to be one component in VRE's security strategy to increase the level of security provided on our system. The program enables VRE passengers who are members of various law enforcement agencies and are members of this program to ride VRE for free. To be eligible for this program these law enforcement agents have to be active duty, sworn law enforcement officers with the power of arrest. Additionally, they declare that they are armed while onboard VRE and are authorized to carry a concealed weapon. These Undercover Law Enforcement Officers (LEOs) agree to assist VRE train crews if there is a possible felony on board VRE, or the train crew considers an incident hazardous to themselves or to the passengers on board the train.
The VRE Undercover Law Enforcement Officer Program has members from the US Marshal Service, US Park Police, NCIS, Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE), DEA, and several others. VRE train crews are trained on the protocol to be used to request assistance from these LEOs on board the trains. Crews have also been trained on how to identify LEOs.
Because so many members of these various agencies commute to Washington, the program has become a huge success. Currently we have 130 members in the program and, at this time, the program is closed to new applicants.
This program is ongoing and will continue to be improved regularly for the security of our passengers. Remember, someone sitting right next to you may just be undercover.