The Metropolitan Transit System announced Monday that its acting director of security, Manuel Guaderrama, has been given the permanent job.
Guaderrama took on the acting director role in June, following the sudden death of Bill Burke, the security director at the time.
“Bill Burke made a great legacy here and I look forward to building on what he’s accomplished,” Guaderrama said. “We’ve made significant strides in recent years to improve the system’s security, and we will continue to seek out ways to make it even better.”
Among the security improvements cited by the MTS are video surveillance cameras at stations and in trolley cars, uniform cameras worn by officers, late- night security details and improved cooperation with other law enforcement agencies.
Guaderrama, a 30-year San Diego Police Department veteran who recently graduated from the national FBI academy, will oversee 185 security officers from Transit Systems Security, a contracted agency that provides security and patrol services for MTS.
He will also directly manage 35 code compliance inspectors who check for proper fares, maintain a safe environment at transit stations and issue citations.
—City News Service
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