MTS plans to assign current and new personnel to a 'beat' system along trolley and bus routes

MTS to hire 30 more inspectors
Posted at 6:26 PM, May 15, 2017
and last updated 2017-05-18 12:00:50-04

San Diego’s Metropolitan Transit System has plans to make riding the trolley and bus much safer in the future.

“What we’re going to do is we are in the process of hiring 30 additional Code Compliance Inspectors,” said Director of Security Manny Guaderrama.

Guaderrama added those additional inspectors, who patrol and enforce certain laws within the transit stations and on vehicles, will join the current staff in a new “beat” system.  Beginning in July, MTS inspectors and contract security guards will begin working in beats by patrolling the same three to five stations every day. 

Guaderrama said that means passengers will begin to see the same inspectors and guards every day.

“The community gets to know that beat officer and that’s what our hope is here,” he said.

The beat system also means MTS customers will see security more often.  Guaderrama said he hopes to have the new system completely rolled out by September.