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History of the Metro Division

Originally, Metropolitan Division was known as the Reserve Unit, hence the “R” radio designation assigned to all current Metro units. In the early years, Metro was in Room 114 of the Police Administrative Building (PAB), also known as Parker Center. The designation of “114” for Metro Headquarters has remained, although the division has relocated several times since.

In 1968, the Division was expanded from 70 officers to approximately 200 officers.  In 1982, the K9 Platoon became part of Metro, followed by E-Platoon in 1988.  In 1997, following the North Hollywood bank robbery, the Division was authorized to increase in personnel to approximately 290 sworn personnel.  In 2016, Metropolitan Division increased to 486 sworn personnel, allowing a MACTAC-like response to crime trends.  In 2019, the Division was decreased to 392 sworn personnel due to a Department-wide managed attrition restructure.

Today, Metropolitan Division, under the direction of Counter-Terrorism and Special Operations Bureau (CTSOB), have identified a shift in the needs and desires of the Los Angeles communities we serve.  Therefore, Metro has undergone a reconfiguration of its personnel and functions to better serve the communities and the Department.

The primary responsibility of Metro continues to be to provide support to the Department’s community-based policing efforts throughout the City.  As such, Metro implemented the following changes:
  • Implementation of Community Liaison Officers (CLOs) for each of the four Bureaus. Each line Platoon will be committed to and be accountable for fostering relationships with the communities within their assigned Bureaus.
  • Implementation of a Training Cadre to provide advanced levels of in-service training.
  • Implementation of Crime Impact Teams (CITs) for each of the four Bureaus.  Each line Platoon will provide a CIT to support Area and specialized detectives with locating known violent criminals.
  • Maintain Tactical Support Platoons (TSPs) available to deploy on a wide variety of spontaneous and planned events.
Metro personnel will continue to respond to high-risk barricaded situations, perform stakeouts, dignitary (VIP) security, warrant service, and assist investigators in solving major crimes.

Being at the forefront during emergencies and natural disasters, Metropolitan Division has developed contingency plans and simulation training. The Division is also trained to respond to potential counterinsurgency or terrorist situations.

The current reconfiguration allows Metro to more efficiently and more effectively address the needs of the Department and desires of the community.