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The San Diego Metropolitan Transit System (SDMTS) has hired Michael Barletta, a former San Diego County Sheriff's commander, to manage trolley and bus security operations.The agency contracts with Transit Systems Security, which deploys 165 officers for MTS. Additionally, MTS employs 35 code compliance inspectors. Barletta will directly oversee both groups. He will supervise 200 transit officers, according to an MTS press release.Prior to joining MTS, Barletta served for 30 years in the San Diego County Sheriff's Department, where he led in multiple areas including Sheriff's Rural Division, the Lemon Grove Sheriff’s Station, the Investigations Division and the Human Resources Bureau.At MTS, Barletta will be third in command as the manager of operations for transit enforcement, behind MTS Deputy Director of Transit Enforcement and Code Compliance Ed Musgrove and Director of Transit Enforcement Manuel Guaderrama.
"One of our priorities is maintaining strong relationships with the cities, communities and partner law enforcement agencies. The addition of Mike Barletta builds on these efforts," said Guaderrama.To learn more about security efforts at San Diego's transit agency, read the January cover story in Progressive Railroading.