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What is Metro Police? Is it different than Regular Police

What are the difference between Regular Police and Metro Police

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Danny’s Answer

That's a really good question Noah. And Adrian is correct! In different parts of the Nation it means different things. "Metro" is short for metropolis. Webster says "Metropolis" means a large city. So, Metro police traditionally would be used to describe larger city police departments. A couple of examples would be Las Vegas Metro Police or Washington D.C. Metro Police. Most choose not to include "Metro" in their name.

Normally there is little or no difference between Metro and Regular police. However, with the LAPD, "Metro" police officers are an elite unit that pro-actively work special problems. LAPD SWAT officers are "Metro" officers as is the K9 detail! They are not "regular" officers as they are selected through a tough process to join.

I hope this gives you additional clarification. Good luck in your career choices and take your time!
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Adrian’s Answer

From my understanding, it really depends on the location. Some police work directly for the county, state, or municipals.
Thank you comment icon I am really grateful you took the time to answer this question. Noah
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Michael’s Answer

The term "Metro" can usually be associated with a combining of a county and city (or several cities) into one law enforcement agency or a specialty unit. Las Vegas Metro is a great example of this concept.

Great Question!
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