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For Immediate Release: August 20, 2010

MTA POLICE LAUNCH CADET PROGRAM
Rewarding opportunity pays while you train

BALTIMORE, MD (August 20, 2010) – The Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police Force is offering a unique opportunity to experience the rewards of law enforcement and improve the quality of life for people in Maryland. The MTA Police Force is launching an MTA Police Cadet program, offering qualified young men and women between the ages of 18 -20 years old a chance to experience the challenges and personal rewards of a career in law enforcement.

“This new program is an excellent way to reach out and involve the youth of our community and attract quality law enforcement officers for the future,” says MTA Administrator Ralign T. Wells. “It is also an opportunity for young people to earn while they learn and position themselves for a full-time career in law enforcement.”

The new one-year program offers cadets classroom and on-the-job training as well as mentoring by MTA Police officers. Cadets will also receive a paycheck and other benefits as they advance to the possibility of becoming a full-time MTA Police Officer at the age of 21.

Applicants must be a U.S. Citizen, 18-20 years old, have a high school diploma or GED equivalent, a valid driver’s license, pass background checks and be drug free. For more information contact the MTA at mtainfo@mta.maryland.gov or call 410-767-3860.

The MTA Police Force is made up of sworn officers and civilian employees, dedicated to providing high quality law enforcement to the State of Maryland. The MTA Police Force is multi-jurisdictional, as it patrols Baltimore and the surrounding counties to maintain a safe transit system.

For general information on MTA service, visit the MTA website at www.mta.maryland.gov. Customers can also call the MTA Transit Information Center Monday through Friday from 6 a.m. to 11 p.m. at 410-539-5000. TTY 410-539-3497. To sign-up for email about service modifications and delays, go to www.mta.maryland.gov and click “Email Notification”.

MEDIA CONTACTS:
Terry Owens
Office: 410-767-3936
Cellular: 443-804-8522

David Clark
Office: 410-767-3935
Cellular: 443-418-5732

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