- The Washington Times - Wednesday, January 6, 2010

Metro Transit Police say they have a new unit working to deter terrorists from targeting the transit system.

The police department received a $9.56 million grant from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security to form an anti-terror team with 20 members. The money covers training, equipment and other expenses.

Officials say the team will perform more frequent sweeps of Metro facilities and tunnels as well as increase surveillance and random patrols of buses, trains and stations.

The team also will respond to calls about suspicious packages or threats and beef up intelligence gathering.

Deputy Chief Dave Webb said those tactics, along with more visible patrols and new technology, will help make Metro “an unattractive target for terrorists.”

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