Democratic Congresswoman Sheila Jackson Lee unveiled the program, labeled Bus Safe, during a press conference on Friday. According to a Metropolitan Transit Authority of HoustonÂ (METRO) press release, agencies involved in the scheme will, âride buses, perform random bag checks, and conduct K-9 sweeps, as well as place uniformed and plainclothes officers at Transit Centers and rail platforms to detect, prevent and address latent criminal activity or behavior.â
âWhile local law enforcement agencies focus on overall safety measures noted above, representatives with the Transportation Security Administration (TSA) will also be on hand, lending their counter-terrorism expertise and support during the exercise,â states the press release.
âIf you think youâre going to be a bad actor on buses, get ready. You are going to have a short-lived time frame,â Jackson Lee said during the press conference. The Congresswoman is a staunch advocate of the TSA, havingÂ recently chastised the passage of a new lawÂ that allows airports to evict TSA agents and replace them with private screeners by claiming it would lead to a new 9/11-style attack.
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