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'Blue TIDE' to increase police presence on Metro

Friday - 6/21/2013, 5:31pm  ET

Extra security is a drill for officers and passengers

Andrew Mollenbeck, WTOP


WASHINGTON (AP) -- Metro riders may notice an increased police presence on their evening commute.

More than 50 officers from multiple agencies will be participating Friday in "Blue TIDE," a show-of-force aimed at deterring crime and potential terrorist activity. The TIDE part of the title stands for Terrorism Identification and Deterrence Effort.

As part of the effort police will perform a number of security sweeps at Metro stations. Officers will also distribute crime prevention information at stations.

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