Enhancing Tsa Officer Safety and Security

Enhancing Tsa Officer Safety and Security : Agency Action and Path Forward

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In response to the tragic shooting of Transportation Security Officer (TSO) Gerardo I. Hernandez and wounding of other TSA employees and a passenger on November 1, 2013, at Los Angeles International Airport (LAX), Administrator John S. Pistole called for a comprehensive review of the Transportation Security Administration's (TSA) policies, procedures, and training to identify possible improvements to safety and security for TSA employees. The following report provides a summary of TSA actions as a result of this review. Its scope is limited to TSA employees serving to protect the public at our nation's airports. The agency's response focuses primarily on those areas with the greatest effect on safety and security for the workforce: mandatory training, improved communication systems and policies, and enhanced law enforcement presence. A total of fourteen recommendations were adopted. The steps outlined in this report represent a combination of alternatives identified by an internal working group or "Integrated Project Team" (IPT) and ideas generated by TSA employees in response to a request for feedback from Administrator Pistole. The agency's response further reflects extensive feedback and participation by industry stakeholders including law enforcement, airport operators, the employee union, and various associations. TSA is greatly appreciative of the collaborative engagement of these stakeholders and remains committed to working closely with all involved entities in continued efforts to provide enhanced safety and security measures for TSA employees. In the immediate aftermath of the incident, the Administrator assembled a senior leadership crisis action team to advise him on actions to heighten security at airports in the short term. The Administrator also invited key stakeholders to TSA headquarters to share their ideas regarding possible improvements. Thereafter, the agency identified several significant actions aimed at improving officer safety and security. These actions are as follows: (1) strengthening active shooter training by mandating such training for all TSA employees and requiring practical training exercises; (2) improving the existing communications infrastructure through TSA's acquisition of duress alarms where gaps have been identified; (3) adopting recommended standards for law enforcement presence at checkpoints and ticket counters during peak travel times for airports which do not presently employ a fixed post plan; (4) publishing a minimum recommended standard for airport operators of conducting bi-annual active shooter training and exercises; (5) ensuring explicit incorporation of maximum response times in all Airport Security Programs (ASPs) utilizing flexible response options; and (6) extending the temporary redeployment of additional Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams to airports. The measures relating to law enforcement presence at the checkpoints take into account the responsibility of airport operators to provide a law enforcement presence under 49 U.S.C. 44903(c) and 49 CFR 1542.215. Details regarding these actions are set forth in this report. The agency continues to engage in further discussions and initial planning in support of future physical checkpoint enhancements and more long term modifications."show more

Product details

  • Paperback | 28 pages
  • 216 x 279 x 2mm | 91g
  • Createspace
  • United States
  • English
  • black & white illustrations
  • 1514755688
  • 9781514755686