METRO Police Launch Bus Safe Program
TSA Participates In Joint Safety/Anti-Terrorism Exercise
April 13, 2012
CORRECTION: Although random bag checks were suggested at a planning meeting and mentioned in the press release, Chief Rodriguez decided before the operation to not employ this strategy.
Patrons riding METRO on Friday, April 13, or any given day, may be sitting next to an undercover MPD officer.
The move to monitor and curtail crime on buses and trains is just one component of a much larger initiative called BusSafe - a national pilot program created by a peer advisory group of mass transit police chiefs and security directors, and one which METRO’s Police Department is adopting to enhance safety on the system.
MPD, Houston Police Department officers and Harris County Precinct 7 Deputy Constables will take part in a synchronized, counter-terrorism exercise on Friday, April 13, focusing on bus routes, bus stops and shelters, and Transit Centers in high traffic areas. The participating agencies will: ride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.
While local law enforcement agencies focus on overall safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise.
WHO: Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee; METRO President & CEO
George Greanias; METRO Police Chief Victor Rodriguez;
Director of Surface Transportation Security at TSA Doyle Raines;
Harris County Precinct 7 Constable May Walker
WHEN: 3:30 p.m.
WHERE: Wheeler Transit Center, 4500 Main (Main at Wheeler)
“We have one of the safest transit systems in the world in Houston,” said METRO Police Chief Victor Rodriguez. “One way we are able to keep it that way is through the use of deterrents such as uniformed and plainclothes officers patrolling our system and aggressively addressing suspicious and criminal activity.”
METRO Police encourage patrons, employees and the general public, if they see suspicious activity, objects or behavior, to say something by reporting it immediately by calling METRO Police at 713-224-COPS (2677), or dial #MPD, a free call from most cell phones.