The RTD Transit Police Department operates a complex security model dedicated to providing a safe and secure transit system for our riders, employees and the community. The department is comprised of the chief of police, one deputy chief, one administrative lieutenant, four sergeants, and a team of transit police officers. The department is supported by two 911 dispatch centers operating 24/7, a video investigation unit, and more than 600 contracted police and uniformed security officers. The transit police jurisdiction encompasses nearly 2,400 square miles, operating in eight counties and 40 cities across the Denver Metro region.
Mission and Values
The mission of the RTD Transit Police Department is to provide the highest quality police services by working with our RTD community and sharing our mutual responsibilities for safety, service, and problem resolution.
The RTD Transit Police Department prides itself on the values of integrity, honor, and respect. The values of the department are proudly displayed on the shoulder of each Transit Police Officer.
Deputy Chief Steven Martingano
Steven Martingano began his law enforcement career in 1992 when he interned with the New York City Police Department (Police Cadet Corp) while attending St John’s University. After graduating with a bachelor’s degree in Criminal Justice, he then entered the NYPD Police Academy in August of 1993. After completion of the academy, he was assigned to the Patrol Division of the 104th Precinct in Queens, NY and was later promoted to the community policing unit.
In December of 1996, Deputy Chief Martingano relocated to Colorado and lateral transferred to the Arvada Police Department where he served for seven years in the Patrol Division. In 2004, Deputy Chief Martingano lateral transferred to the Denver Police Department where he was assigned numerous positions and promoted to Corporal.
In 2014, he was hired by the RTD Transit Police Department, as a Transit Police Commander, and in 2017, he was promoted to the position of Deputy Chief of Police. He currently oversees law enforcement and security operations, the Police Secondary Employment program, the Fare Enforcement and Suspension program, the Internal Affairs Bureau, the Mental Health Clinicians program and the Homeless Outreach Coordination program.
Deputy Chief Martingano is also a graduate of the Rocky Mountain FBI Command College, RTD’s Leadership Academy and has earned a certificate from Denver University in Leadership in Public Safety.