VIPR Operation Enhances Transportation Security in Memphis

Sunday, November 29, 2009

TSA and several partners recently conducted a Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operation in Memphis to enhance security across several modes of transportation.

Teams of Transportation Security Officers, Behavior Detection Officers and Transportation Security Inspectors joined Federal Air Marshals, City of Memphis Police Officers, a TSA-certified canine unit from Memphis International Airport and corporate security staff from the Memphis Area Transit Authority (MATA) and Greyhound Lines in conducting security checks November 17-18 at locations in downtown Memphis including the Amtrak and Greyhound stations and MATA North Terminal.

“Memphis is a major transportation hub,” said TSA Memphis Federal Security Director Kevin McCarthy. “We have the busiest cargo airport in the world, five of the six major class one railroads operate here, we are the fourth largest inland port and a major interstate trucking hub. Through this operation and others like it, we will continue to maintain a visible presence to deter possible terrorist activity.”

VIPR teams may be deployed as needed to work with state and local security and law enforcement officials to supplement existing resources, provide detection and response capabilities and expand the unpredictability of security measures to keep our transportation systems safe and secure. TSA has partnered with local law enforcement to conduct thousands of VIPR missions from coast to coast.

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