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For Immediate Release

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Laura McElroy, Tampa Police Spokesperson
(813) 276-3779
VIPR Technology Used at Greyhound Bus Terminal TPD partners with TSA and the Department of Homeland Security to Test Public Transportation Security
Tampa, FL February 16, 2010 -

WHAT: Tampa Police Assistant Chief Marc Hamlin and Transportation Security Administration Federal Security Director Gary Milano demonstrate Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR)

WHEN: Tuesday, February 16, 2010, 8:30 a.m.

LOCATION: Greyhound Bus Facility, 610 Polk Street, Tampa

Anyone entering the bus terminal in Downtown Tampa on Tuesday will be searched by the VIPR teams. The drill is part of the Department of Homeland Security's initiative to ensure Tampa is prepared to respond to a large scale incident such as, a terrorist attack or natural disaster. TPD and TSA are partnering with the Department of Homeland Security's Immigration and Customs Enforcement (ICE) and Customs and Border Protection (CBP) and the Tampa International Airport (TIA) police department canine unit to conduct the exercise.

The TSA utilizes VIPR operations to increase visible security in all modes of transportation. In order to accomplish this, specialized VIPR teams are formed consisting of security and law enforcement professionals from participating partner agencies who are trained to respond to transportation security emergencies. The VIPR teams provide detection capabilities and are a visible deterrent in all modes of transportation.

There is no credible information to suggest a specific threat at this time. This exercise is designed to enhance the coordination of local and federal agencies during an emergency.

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