Policing Transportation Facilities

Article excerpt

The techniques effective for policing transportation facilities differ depending on the type of system in question - commuter rail, maritime port, or rapid transit - and the area involved - suburban or city. The passengers who use transportation facilities expect a secure environment. In fact, the right of customers to choose not to use a particular facility keeps security administrators accountable to passenger perceptions and media reports that publicize environmental factors, such as trash and graffiti, as well as incidents of criminal activity.

However, until now, little practical research has been conducted on policing transportation facilities, and little has been written about which strategies work best in the different transportation environments. Consequently, few guidelines exist regarding the most efficient ways to deploy security personnel.

Policing Transportation Facilities represents the first real effort to consolidate and review the disparate literature relating to security issues in transportation facilities. It is a guidebook for policymakers and police chiefs responsible for security in and around transportation systems. Throughout the text, the authors evaluate the effectiveness of various types of enforcement efforts.

In doing so, they have developed a blueprint for dealing with many of the security issues that currently confront transportation system administrators. The book analyzes the issues of crime and terrorism and the environmental impact of hazardous cargo. It also addresses the economic and sociopolitical relationships between transportation systems and the communities they serve.

The book is divided into 10 chapters. In them, the authors examine the different modes of transportation, including commuter rail and bus, airports, subways, and maritime ports. They then explore crimes specific to each facility, such as illegal drug trafficking on the waterfront, vehicle theft at airports, and pickpocketing in subways. …