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APTA Delivers Security Program Overseas

APTA, in partnership with TSA, the FBI and UITP, recently organized and conducted a multi-day international security and emergency management peer exchange that paired North American transit leaders with their counterparts throughout Europe.

The five-day program—attended by transit chiefs of police, law enforcement officials and senior agency officials—gave attendees an opportunity to share knowledge, experiences and best practices on a wide range of issues, including active shooter/attacker training, social media and communication strategies during an event, integration and coordination between law enforcement and transit operations, technology applications and public safety outreach programs.

Delegates included Fred W. Damron Jr., Maryland MTA; Edward Eviston, Metro Vancouver Transit Police; Todd Johnson, MBTA; John Jones, Capital Metro; Dave Jutilla, King County (WA) Sheriff Office; Veronique Moulin, Societe de Transport de Montréal; Ronald A. Pavlik, Jr., WMATA; Alex Wiggins, Los Angeles Metro; Al Guarnieri and ­Stephen Khoobyarian, FBI; Sonya ­Proctor and Chris McKay, TSA; and Randy Clarke and Geoff Dunmore, APTA.

The review also featured tours of transit facilities at British Transport Police (BTP), London Underground, CrossRail, Metropolitan Police and STIB-MIVB, the public transportation provider in Brussels.

BTP polices Britain’s railways, the London Underground and other rail systems. STIB-MIVB operates the metro, tram and bus systems in the Brussels ­capital region.

An expanded group will continue this exchange at APTA’s Annual Security and Emergency Management Roundtable June 9-10 during the International Rail Rodeo and Conference, June 8-14, Baltimore.

Participants in the recent APTA security and emergency management peer exchange on tour at CrossRail, the largest public transit project in Europe.

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