BART Police & Local Law Enforcement Team Up for “Operation Railsafe”

June 29, 2012 13:29 pm · 12 comments

BART customers are likely to see law enforcement officers from other agencies patrolling BART parking lots and stations today as part of the nationwide transit safety preparedness training initiative, “Operation RAILSAFE.”

BART Police Chief Kenton W. Rainey has asked law enforcement agencies surrounding BART property to join the BART Police for this multi-jurisdictional exercise to enhance protection of the nation’s rail and transit system.

BART customers may notice extra vehicle patrols through bus zones and parking structures and uniformed officers from other agencies patrolling BART stations and platforms.

Operation RAILSAFE, which stands for “Regional Alliance Including Local, State and Federal Efforts,” was developed in 2010 in partnership by the Transportation Security Administration, the Amtrak Police Department, and the New York City Police Department to exercise counterterrorism and incident response capabilities. Since then the exercise has been deployed all over the United States and Canada.

The primary objective of Operation RAILSAFE is to coordinate deployments of personnel, not just among agencies that police the rail systems, but with those agencies that could be called upon to help secure the rail system during an emergency or heightened alert. RAILSAFE also provides a venue to share intelligence and best practices related to security of the rail system.

“This exercise will improve coordination among our partners so that we are better prepared for emergency scenarios,” Chief Rainey said. “I want to thank the participating agencies in advance for their team effort in helping keep BART safe and improving the overall security of rail transportation.”

1 jtkatec June 29, 2012 at 1:38 PM

All’s I have to say is HA!!

2 funny man June 29, 2012 at 1:44 PM

Sieg Heil, Mien DHS furer! how long b4 we have to show papers to travel?

3 Mr. Anderson June 29, 2012 at 1:57 PM

I wonder how many “no tail light” offenders they will catch??!Damn those light bulbs!!!We will get them!

4 Connie Dobbs June 29, 2012 at 2:06 PM

And what you see at any given time is only a third of the force they can muster. Don’t litter.

5 ChampagneKitty June 29, 2012 at 2:12 PM

to funny man: Stop it, this is just a training exercise so first responders can be more prepared in the event of terrorism or a natural disaster.

6 Tea Party June 29, 2012 at 2:13 PM

Just another initiation of Obambi’s civilian army.
Papers please!

Had Enough?

7 Antler June 29, 2012 at 3:03 PM

“Operation Railsafe” trained personnel. I hope we never need your services because of natural disaster, huge BART malfunctions, or terrorism: but it’s reassuring to know you are there, trained, and ready should the need arise. Thank you, and the same to all first responders.

8 Grateful June 29, 2012 at 5:44 PM

THANK YOU!!!
I keep thinking of the assult last week to the young pregnant lady.
Very scary!

9 Jerk June 29, 2012 at 6:53 PM

TSA onsite to do colonoscopies?

10 Railsafe ? June 29, 2012 at 7:49 PM

If high speed rail is built how do they protect all that track from terrorists?

11 Fred P. June 29, 2012 at 8:37 PM

@Railsafe #10….

uh, uhhhh, uh, hmmmm….

\sarcasm off\

12 Basel June 30, 2012 at 1:49 AM

As if the cops on the street need to waste their time at BART stations than in their respective jurisdictions.

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