Increased security presence at nearly 150 railway stations from Virginia to Vermont

first_imgAmtrak Office of Security Strategy and Special Operations (OSSSO), Amtrak Police, Transportation Security Administration (TSA) personnel and officers from approximately 100 commuter rail, state, and local police agencies mobilized today for the largest joint, simultaneous Northeast rail security operation of its kind, involving 150 railway stations between Fredericksburg, Virginia, and Essex Junction, Vermont.The morning rush-hour multi-force security deployment was NOT in response to any particular threat or incident, but rather a demonstration of an ongoing collaborative effort to expand counter-terrorism and incident response capabilities up and down the Northeast Corridor railway system. Approximately 750,000 rail passengers ride along the Northeast Corridor and other rail systems integrated with the Corridor each day.Over the past few years, terrorist attacks, attempts and plots around the globe have specifically targeted rail and mass transit. The security implications of this activity in the United States, particularly in the region with the greatest concentration of users of public transportation, have spurred the formation of a strong coalition of transportation and law enforcement agencies in the Northeast Corridor area.”We are one team, with one mission, and that is to protect rail and mass transit passengers, patrons and employees from harm, manmade or otherwise,” said Amtrak Police Chief John O’Connor. “Without question, this operation provided the longest wall of security ever mobilized along the East Coast. We had hundreds of law enforcement officers across 13 states and Washington, D.C., report to duty as one force this morning, and that is our greatest strength.”The operation enabled TSA and law enforcement officials to further familiarize themselves with their local train stations and rail environment, while establishing a highly visible police and security presence. Amtrak Mobile Team security personnel and TSA agents were deployed to designated locations along the Northeast Corridor area to conduct security activities, including the use of explosive trace detection devices during random passenger bag inspections.Additionally, TSA’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Teams or VIPR Teams, were mobilized at undisclosed locations to enhance security activities through the use of specialized detection technologies that identify anomalies considered suspicious. The main focus of VIPR operations is to deploy TSA resources to augment local security capabilities and facilitate deterrence through coordinated actions with local transportation entities and law enforcement.”It is critical that we continue to expand and exercise our collective ability to respond to a terrorist threat or incident,” said John Sammon, TSA assistant administrator, Transportation Sector Network Management (TSNM). “Today’s event offers the opportunity to demonstrate in dramatic fashion the force potential and security enhancement value of regional collaboration as TSA joins its professional colleagues throughout the Northeast to increase familiarization with the local stations and provide a highly visible security presence during rush hour.”Amtrak and TSA said similar unannounced exercises will occur in the future along the Northeast Corridor area as well as in other parts of our nation’s rail system as part of an enhanced security strategy. Today’s exercise will be reviewed and used as a method to evaluate personnel and resources required to respond to any future threats or incidents within the railway system.Today’s operation encompassed rail stations in 13 states, including Maine, New Hampshire, Massachusetts, Vermont, Rhode Island, Connecticut, New York, New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Maryland, Delaware, Virginia, and West Virginia as well as the District of Columbia. Source: TSA. 9.8.2009last_img read more

EPL: Gunners tackle Bournemouth

first_imgRelatedPosts Gunners, Reds battle for Community Shield glory Arsenal sign Brazil winger Willian on three-year contract FA Cup semis: Gunners, City light up Wembley Arsenal vs. Bournemouth Venue: Emirates Stadium Kick off: 2PMArsenal host Bournemouth at the Emirates Stadium off the back of their 4-0 win over Standard Liege in the Europa League in midweek. The young Gunners put on an impressive display, and one or two may get their chance to shine against a Bournemouth side that have started well but have the joint-fifth worst defence in the league. A trend appears to be emerging, with the Gunners’ ‘cup team’ continuing to record more impressive performances, having won their three games across the EFL Cup and Europa League so far by an aggregate score of 12-0. Among the young Gunners to have caught the eye is summer signing Gabriel Martinelli, who has now hit four goals from just two starts and is making quite an impression at the Emirates Stadium. He joins a growing list of young Arsenal talent that are beginning to stake their claim for regular, Premier League minutes ahead of some of the more experienced names. The win also took Arsenal to seven games across all competitions without a loss, and the Gunners have only lost once in their 10 competitive outings this term – a 3-1 defeat to Champions League holders Liverpool. Bournemouth, then, face a tough test as they visit the Emirates, but Eddie Howe’s side have made an encouraging start to the campaign thus far. The Cherries sit eighth in the table and are a mere point behind the fourth-placed Gunners after recording just two losses in the league so far – one of which was against reigning champions Manchester City. A concern for Bournemouth, however, is the fact that they are still yet to keep a clean sheet in the league, shipping 12 goals so far – only Watford, Norwich City, Newcastle United and Chelsea have conceded more. Last time out they drew 2-2 with West Ham United, a prime example of how their attacking prowess can be hindered by their defensive weakness, conceding their second in the final quarter of the game at 2-1 up. Arsenal possible XI: Leno, Chambers, Sokratis, Luiz, Kolasinac, Guendouzi, Xhaka, Pepe, Willock, Saka, Aubameyang. Bournemouth possible XI: Ramsdale, Stacey, Cook, Ake, Rico, H. Wilson, Billing, Lerma, Fraser, King, C. Wilson.Tags: Arsenal FCBournemouth FClast_img read more