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Policing Transportation Facilities

NCJ Number
H I DeGeneste; J P Sullivan
Date Published
171 pages
This text is designed to provide administrators and police at rail and bus transit systems, airports, and seaports with a framework for developing strategies to protect their facilities and patrons from current and future security risks.
The first chapter reviews the nature and extent of rail and subway crime, followed by a chapter that examines maritime security issues. Seaport security, cargo theft and pilferage, along with security issues facing vessel masters at port and underway, are discussed. The need for an integrated approach to these issues is emphasized. Following a discussion of the nature and extent of airport crime and aviation security, transportation terrorism is addressed. Information provides the basis for developing technological and tactical responses. This chapter considers the essential elements of a comprehensive threat- management program. Another chapter examines drug trafficking and its impact on the transportation industry, focusing on the way illegal drugs are smuggled through transportation centers. Interdiction and enforcement strategies are discussed. Hazardous cargo in transit is the focus of one chapter; it explores the public safety issues that result from accidents with hazardous materials involved. Bus and rail terminal crimes are addressed in another chapter. Topics discussed in the remaining chapters are issues associated with the homeless and mentally ill persons who congregate in urban transit centers and the overall role of specialized transport policing. Chapter notes, an appended discussion of rail-directed terrorism, and a subject index