Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response Daryl Shanley Assistant Federal Security Director –Law Enforcement Federal Air Marshal Service Port Columbus International Airport VIPR What is it? Who runs it? Under what authority? Who participates? What does it target? The good The bad The ugly VIPR TSA Program ATSA (Aviation and Transportation Security Act) created TSA and it’s authority in the transportation sectors The Aviation and Transportation Security Act was enacted by the 107th United States Congress in the immediate aftermath of the September 11, 2001 attacks. The Act created the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) within the U.S. Department of Transportation. However, with the passage of the Homeland Security Act, the TSA was later transferred to the Department of Homeland Security. VIPR TSA Duties as defined in ATSA Additional Duties and Powers.--In addition to carrying out the functions specified in subsections (d) and (e), the Under Secretary shall-- ``(1) receive, assess, and distribute intelligence information related to transportation security; ``(2) assess threats to transportation; ``(3) develop policies, strategies, and plans for dealing with threats to transportation security; ``(4) make other plans related to transportation security, including coordinating countermeasures with appropriate departments, agencies, and instrumentalities of the United States Government; ``(5) serve as the primary liaison for transportation security to the intelligence and law enforcement communities; VIPR Modes of Transportation Aviation Mass Transit Highway Pipeline Rail Maritime VIPR TSA serves as a “facilitator” and “force multiplier” during VIPR operations National coordination and program support occurs at the TSA Joint Coordination Center in Washington D.C. TSA Office of Law Enforcement/Federal Air Marshal Service has primary operational control VIPR 23 dedicated VIPR teams housed at various FAMS field offices In addition to Federal Air Marshals, TSA Behavior Detection Officers (BDO) and Transportation Security Specialist-Explosives (TSS-E) are assigned to VIPR teams Explosive detection K-9s, PRND, undercarriage inspection cameras may also be available VIPR VIPR Teams coordinate with local law enforcement and transportation security partners to conduct VIPR operations at all modes of transportation Each team member exercises their own unique authority during a VIPR operation VIPR Primary goal Provide a random, unpredictable, visible deterrent We can all agree that both terrorists and criminals conduct various levels of surveillance on a “target” to gain insight into security procedures, weaknesses and vulnerabilities VIPR Mass Transit Commuter/intra-city bus systems Commuter/intra-city subway and rail systems Inter-city bus (Greyhound) Inter-city rail (AMTRAK) VIPR Large scale events covered by VIPR operations Major sporting events-intel suggests terrorists consider major sporting events to be high value targets Presidential Inauguration Presidential/VIP visits VIPR Local VIPR success stories Greater Cleveland Regional Transit Authority Dedicated police department (GCRTA PD) with Anti-Terror Unit (started out as two officers and a Sgt) Light and heavy rail commuter system with a large, underground central hub (Tower City) Numerous bus shelters co-located in the center of downtown “Public Square” “Healthline” transiting the healthcare corridor VIPR Local VIPR success stories Central Ohio Transit Authority-Columbus Provides shuttle bus service to major sporting events such as Ohio State Football (100,000-150,000 spectators) Shuttle bus service to within 1 block of stadium (chokepoint) Red White and Boom (Columbus July 4th celebration) Shuttle bus service into downtown, staging adjacent to the statehouse Off duty Columbus Police Officers provide law enforcement VIPR Local VIPR success stories Cleveland and Toledo AMTRAK Major lines servicing Chicago, NYC and D.C Usually four trains (two eastbound, two westbound) per night Toledo AMTRAK station is serviced by a Greyhound bus stop VIPR Local VIPR success stories Toledo Area Transit Authority Off duty Toledo Police Officers Several bus stops adjacent to federal offices and state and local courthouses VIPR Local VIPR success stories TMI???? Coast Guard and Ohio Dept of Natural Recourses marine patrols on Lake Erie (International Border) and Ohio River CSX and NS rail yards Army Corps of Engineers, USCG, Ohio EMA, ODNR Watercraft, lock and dam system along the Ohio River (classified as one of the largest inland ports in the US) Ohio State Highway Patrol motor carrier (commercial truck) inspections Natural Gas pipeline and compressor stations VIPR Lessons learned ALWAYS, ALWAYS ALWAYS coordinate with, and have local law enforcement and law enforcement stakeholder (AMTRAK PD, NS, CSX PD, etc) present Georgia AMTRAK Tennessee motor carrier stops Questions?