WASHINGTONAs reports of threats to the nation’s capital circulate, the man in charge of securing the biggest soft target in the region says his agency is ready.

Commuters walking into a Metro station will notice a step-up in security, Metro Transit Police Chief Ron Pavlik says.

“Whether it’s uniformed patrol, plainclothes officers, random explosive bag screening, as well as our K9 patrols,” Pavlik says. “All of these steps are in an abundance of caution to reassure our riders and the public and our employees that Metro operates a safe system and in light of the events in Paris you can never be too careful.”

Pavlik adds there will be plenty riders don’t see.

“The randomness is key,” Pavlik says. “We don’t want to do the same thing every day, day in and day out. You really want to create a layered approach.”

Metro spans three jurisdictions and dozens of law enforcement territories.

“We’re fortunate here in the national capital region,” Pavlik says. “We have a great partnership with our federal government here.”

When it comes to threats, he asks that if riders “see something, say something.”

WNEW D.C. Bureau Chief Kris Ankarlo contributed to this report. Follow him and WNEW on Twitter.

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