- The Washington Times - Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Metro said Wednesday its transit police have received more than $9.5 million in federal funds to create anti-terrorism teams.

The transit agency said the U.S. Department of Homeland Security has provided a grant to pay for an additional 20 officers, who will staff teams focusing on terrorism prevention.

Officials say the teams will deter potential terrorists from targeting Metro through various initiatives, such as increasing random patrols of Metro facilities.

Metro also has received nearly $2 million from the Homeland Security Department to expand its chemical detection program at stations and upgrade radio communications in tunnels in Prince George’s County.

Metro General Manager John B. Catoe Jr. said the agency plans to put the money to use right away.



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