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Reducing the terrorist threat on public transport

In this article for Intelligent Transport, Alex Z. Wiggins, Chief of LA Metro’s System Security & Law Enforcement Division, explains how a partnership between the Transportation Security Administration and LA Metro has led to the testing of new screening technology and how that technology is reducing risk for passengers.

More than ever before, transit CEOs and security professionals are keenly aware of the need to develop multi-layered, integrated systems to effectively mitigate threats to the mass transit environment. These systems rely upon people, technology, information and intelligence sharing to be effective.

Whether the origin of the threat is associated with crime or terrorism, transit agencies must take proactive steps to address security threats to the best of their ability. This is a major challenge because transit systems are public, making security screening a significant challenge. Multi-layered and integrated security systems significantly improve an agency, with the ability to detect, interdict and neutralise threats before they cause harm to patrons, employees and the transit infrastructure. An expertly trained law enforcement and security team, armed with cutting edge technology and the right type of information and intelligence, is invaluable. That is exactly what the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority (Metro) is building.

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