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473.407 Metropolitan transit police.

Subdivision 1. Authorization. The council may appoint peace officers, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (c), and establish a law enforcement agency, as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (h), known as the metropolitan transit police, to police its transit property and routes and to make arrests under sections 629.30 and 629.34. The jurisdiction of the law enforcement agency is limited to offenses relating to council transit property, equipment, employees, and passengers.

Subd. 2. Limitations. The initial processing of a person arrested by the transit police for an offense within the agency's jurisdiction is the responsibility of the transit police unless otherwise directed by the law enforcement agency with primary jurisdiction. A subsequent investigation is the responsibility of the law enforcement agency of the jurisdiction in which the crime was committed. The transit police are not authorized to apply for a search warrant as prescribed in section 626.05.

Subd. 3. Policies. Before the council begins to operate its law enforcement agency within a city or county with an existing law enforcement agency, the transit police shall develop, in conjunction with the law enforcement agencies, written policies that describe how the issues of joint jurisdiction will be resolved. The policies must also address the operation of emergency vehicles by transit police responding to transit emergencies. These policies must be filed with the board of peace officer standards and training by August 1, 1993. Revisions of any of these policies must be filed with the board within ten days of the effective date of the revision. The council shall train all of its peace officers regarding the application of these policies.

Subd. 4. Chief law enforcement officer. The regional administrator shall appoint a peace officer employed full time to be the chief law enforcement officer and to be responsible for the management of the metropolitan transit police. The chief law enforcement officer shall possess the necessary police and management experience to manage a law enforcement agency. The chief law enforcement officer may appoint, discipline, and discharge all transit police personnel. All police managerial and supervisory personnel must be full-time employees of the metropolitan transit police. Supervisory personnel must be on duty and available any time transit police are on duty. The chief law enforcement officer may not hire part-time peace officers as defined in section 626.84, subdivision 1, paragraph (f), except that the chief may appoint peace officers to work on a part-time basis not to exceed 30 full-time equivalents. A part-time officer must maintain an active peace officer license with the officer's full-time law enforcement employer.

Subd. 4a. Exception. Subdivision 4 does not apply to part-time officers employed by the metropolitan council transit police prior to January 1, 1998, who were full-time employees of another police department upon the date the officer was hired by the metropolitan council transit police and who subsequently voluntarily separated from the full-time position before January 1, 1998.

Subd. 5. Emergencies. (a) The council shall ensure that all emergency vehicles used by transit police are equipped with radios capable of receiving and transmitting on the same frequencies utilized by the law enforcement agencies that have primary jurisdiction.

(b) When the transit police receive an emergency call they shall notify the public safety agency with primary jurisdiction and coordinate the appropriate response.

(c) Transit police officers shall notify the primary jurisdictions of their response to any emergency.

Subd. 6. Compliance. Except as otherwise provided in this section, the transit police shall comply with all statutes and administrative rules relating to the operation and management of a law enforcement agency.

HIST: 1993 c 326 art 7 s 11; 1994 c 628 art 3 s 110-115; 1997 c 149 s 2,3

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