Long Beach police to start patrolling Blue Line

A file photo of a Metro train.
A file photo of a Metro train.
Photo by Edward Conde via Flickr Creative Commons

Long Beach police officers will patrol parts of the Metro Blue Line that run through the city starting on Saturday.

It's part of a new five-year, $30 million contract between Metro and the Long Beach Police Department.

Long Beach Deputy Police Chief Michael Beckman says the officers assigned to the new Metro Enforcement team are uniquely prepared to handle crime on the Blue Line.

"The officers that are working the Blue Line are veterans. They're used to the crime patterns. They're aware of the community, they're aware of the issues that have come with the Blue Line," he told KPCC. 

Beckman expects the Metro Enforcement team to have about 30 officers by the end of the contract.

The Blue Line includes eight stations in Long Beach, which run from Wardlow Road to the end of the line at Pacific Avenue.