Homeland Security and Transit
The following is
a status report provided to us by the Los Angeles County Sheriff's
Department - Lawndale Service Center regarding Homeland Security
and Transit lines/Metrolink in and around the City of Lawndale:
- No specific threats or actual
acts have been committed against the LACMTA system.
- Increased policing and security
efficiency in the last twelve months (since May 1, 2003) due
to the consolidated policing contract with LASD.
- Uniform and undercover deputies,
plus sheriff's fare inspectors, MTA security officers, contract
security officers, as well as closed circuit TV coverage.
- Lower crime rate on MTA property
than in the communities through which the MTA buses and trains
- Over 50 additional uniform
personnel (Security Assistant's) added in the last twelve months.
- Approved federal grants on
their way to the MTA of over $4 million which will further enhance
video surveillance, training, and deployment.
transit policing and security partnership exists between MTA
and LASD, which is receiving positive attention from other
transit systems in the world for innovation and efficiency.
partnerships with police agencies throughout the County, including
LASD Metrolink Bureau, Amtrak Police Department and many municipal
- Over two dozen transit emergency
drills ranging from fires to hazardous materials, suspicious
packages and more. Many of these were multijurisdictional police
and fire depts' and increasingly complex.
and MTA personnel have received homeland security related
training, and hundreds of sheriff's personnel have received
advanced training, with further training ongoing.
- Increasing presence at Union
station to ensure all passenger safety.
- Innovative policing and security
- Future plans for further expansion
of sheriff's and security staffing.
April 14, 2004