"Blue Tide" of Police Aims to Keep Metro Safe in Prince George's - NBC4 Washington

"Blue Tide" of Police Aims to Keep Metro Safe in Prince George's



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    Prince George's County, Md., police are partnering with Metro police Wednesday in an outreach campaign designed to reduce crime in and around the county's transit stations.

    Of the 10 Metro stations with the highest rates of crime, six are in Prince George's County. That group includes the New Carrolton and Largo Center stations, where in May four suspects robbed and carjacked three people at parking lots in each station on two separate days.

    County Metro officers are fanning out across all 14 stations in the area in an effort called Operation Blue Tide. The idea first surfaced earlier in 2011 as an anti-terrorism initiative, but it has now been expanded to help educate riders on ways to avoid crime and protect property while riding the system.

    As part of the collaboration, Metro is providing county police with SmartTrip passes so they can freely patrol the lots and parking structures adjacent to the stations. Meanwhile, other officers are passing out fliers with safety tips on how to avoid becoming a victim.

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