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The RTD Transit Police Division operates a complex security model dedicated to providing a safe and secure transit system for our riders, employees and the community. The division is comprised of the chief of police, one deputy chief, one administrative lieutenant, four sergeants, and a team of transit police officers. The division 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 Division 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 Division prides itself on the values of integrity, honor, and respect. The values of the division are proudly displayed on the shoulder of each Transit Police Officer.

RTD's New Chief of Police and Emergency Management

Graphic of Chief Joel Fitzgerald

The Regional Transportation District (RTD) today announced the appointment of Dr. Joel Fitzgerald Sr. as the agency’s next Chief of Police and Emergency Management, a role that carries primary responsibility for customer safety and security across the eight counties and 40 cities of the Denver Metro region in which RTD operates.

Fitzgerald’s three decades of law enforcement experience include serving as police chief in four U.S. cities. He was sworn into his new position this morning at a ceremonial event at Denver Union Station that featured remarks by RTD General Manager and CEO Debra A. Johnson and Board Chair and District J Director Vince Buzek. The new Chief of Police and Emergency Management was selected following a nationwide search. Fitzgerald succeeds Robert (Bob) Grado, who stepped down from the role in March, and Deputy Chief Steve Martingano, who served as Interim Chief during the intervening time.

Read Fitzgerald's full bio

Command Staff

Deputy Chief Steven Martingano
Deputy Chief Steven Martingano

Biography

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 Division, 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.

Lieutenant Karl Ballard
Lieutenant Karl Ballard
Michelle Lawrence

Michelle Lawrence, Manager, 911 Operations

Law Enforcement Partners

Dedicated Police, Dedicated Partners

The Transit Police Division partners with local law enforcement agencies who provide assistance with uniform and plain-clothes patrol, special detail, investigations and behavior detection. Transit Police and agency partners patrol the system daily, assisting customers and enforcing RTD’s Code of Conduct and state laws. These partnerships allow for the closest available unit—whether with Transit Police or local law enforcement—to quickly respond to incidents on the system.  

RTD thanks our law enforcement partners for helping keep you, and our system, safe.

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Community Outreach

The RTD Transit Police provides community outreach to promote safety around the transit system. To request outreach at your organization or event, fill out our Request an Appearance form.