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MARTA hiring 40 cops ‘immediately’ to staff up for Atlanta Super Bowl

The MARTA Police Department is looking to hire dozens of officers in advance of Super Bowl LIII in Atlanta next year.

“We are looking to fill 40 full-time permanent positions immediately,” MARTA Police Chief Wanda Y. Dunham said in a statement. 

The agency said it expects hundreds of thousands of football fans to use MARTA during the Super Bowl, which will be held Feb. 3 at Mercedes-Benz Stadium. After the college football national championship was held there in January, delays and crowd control problems ensued at MARTA’s Five Points Station.

MARTA officials later said inadequate staffing was among the reasons for the issues. 

Mechanical problems caused delays and crowd control problems at MARTA's Five Points Station after the 2018 college football national championship.
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Police officers are responsible for the safety and security of all MARTA properties, including buses, trains and stations. There are six police precincts located at Lindbergh, College Park, Indian Creek, Five Points, Dunwoody and in Clayton County.

The transit agency will hold a police job fair to provide information about job openings on Saturday, May 5 from 9 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the atrium of MARTA headquarters located at 2424 Piedmont Road NE. 

Applicants must:

• Be at least 21 years old and have a valid driver’s license

• Pass all required tests, including criminal background and credit checks, and polygraph, drug and alcohol, psychological and physical screenings

• Have completed one of the following: two or more years of college, one term honorable military service, two years POST certified peace officer, corrections, or jailer, pre-service academy

MARTA offers full benefits, advancement opportunities and a one-time signing bonus of up to $3,000, according to a press release. Pay starts at $36,670 and tops out at $56,430 for a senior officer, the website says.

Getmore information here.

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