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MARYLAND DEPARTMENT OF TRANSPORTATION’S MTA POLICE
PARTNERING WITH COMMUNITIES TO FIGHT AGAINST CRIME 

Police Sponsoring National Night Out Activities at Neighborhood Transit Stations

July 28, 2016

BALTIMORE, MD – On Tuesday August 2, the Maryland Department of Transportation’s Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) Police Force will partner with communities across the Baltimore region to heighten crime prevention awareness, generate support for and participation in local anti-crime programs, strengthen police/community relations and send a message that neighborhoods are organized to fight against crime.
 
The MTA Police Force is joining forces for this event with the National Association of Town Watch. The organization’s yearlong effort to fight crime culminates in National Night Out, a nationwide series of crime-awareness raising activities that include front porch vigils and a variety of special citywide and neighborhood events that include block parties, cookouts, parades, festivals, visits from local officials and law enforcement, safety fairs, and events designed to increase vigilance against crime.
 
MTA Police representatives will be on hand at the Cherry Hill Light Rail Station at 1701 Cherry Hill Road Avenue from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. and the West Cold Spring Metro Subway Station at 4301 Wabash Avenue 
from 6:00 to 8:00 p.m. to offer tips on recognizing and preventing criminal activities.
 
“The Maryland Transit Administration Police Force appreciates the value of National Night Out as a hands-on way to demonstrate MTA’s commitment to safety on public transit, and as part of our continued effort to strengthen our relationships with the neighborhoods and communities we serve,” said MTA Chief of Police Colonel John E. Gavrilis.
 
The MTA Police Force invite everyone who is interested in a safer community to join with them in actively promoting the value of a unified community approach to fighting crime and enjoying improved safety during National Night Out and every other day of the year.
 
The Maryland Department of Transportation’s (MDOT) Maryland Transit Administration (MTA) is one of the largest multi-modal transit systems in the United States. MTA operates Local and Commuter buses, Light Rail, Metro Subway, Maryland Area Regional Commuter (MARC) Train service, and a comprehensive Paratransit (Mobility) system. MTA also manages the Taxi Access system, and directs funding and statewide assistance to Locally Operated Transit Systems (LOTS) in each of Maryland’s 23 counties, Annapolis, Baltimore City and Ocean City. MDOT is a customer-driven leader that delivers safe, sustainable, intelligent, and exceptional transportation solutions in order to connect our customers to life’s opportunities. MTA’s goal is to provide safe, efficient and reliable transit across Maryland with world-class customer service. To learn more, visit mdot.maryland.gov  or mta.maryland.gov, check us out on Facebook at facebook.com/mtamaryland and follow us on Twitter @mtamaryland.
 
Media Contacts:
Sandy Arnette
Office: 410-767-8367
Cell: 443-835-7984
sarnette@mta.maryland.gov
 
Paul Shepard
Office: 410-767-3935
Cell: 443-622-4181
pshepard@mta.maryland.gov

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