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Policing Regional Mass Transit: The SEPTA System

NCJ Number
FBI Law Enforcement Bulletin Volume: 78 Issue: 7 Dated: July 2009 Pages: 1-10
David Scott
Date Published
July 2009
10 pages
Through an examination of the Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA), this article discusses how mass transit agencies should establish cooperative relationships with local, State, and Federal organizations to create a secure environment for citizens and protect critical infrastructure.
Ensuring the security of the United States critical infrastructure has become even more of a priority since September 11, 2001. Public transportation systems must continuously develop and implement programs to protect passengers, employees, and property. The Southeastern Pennsylvania Transportation Authority (SEPTA) Transit Police Department's strategies to address both crime and terrorism have improved the safety of riders, as well as the general public in the city of Philadelphia and surrounding counties. Cooperation and collaboration among Federal, State, and local organizations facilitate information sharing and ensure safety initiatives and emergency operation plans provide the best possible response capabilities. This article describes how the SEPTA Transit Police Department has developed and implemented strategies, training, cooperation, technology, and decentralization to successfully address the potential of terrorism and crime in Philadelphia, PA's regional transit system. 1 figure and 22 endnotes