identifying, security, suspicious behavior, suspicious, transit
In a post-September 11 era, securing transit agencies against terrorism is a priority. Transit agencies by nature are open and easily accessible by the public, and thereby are easily accessible by terrorists and potential criminals. It is impractical for transit agencies to use the screening practices used in airports. Terrorists and criminals could be of any race, color, gender, religion, ethnicity, or national origin. Selective screening of passengers based only on these characteristics is profiling and is unconstitutional and unlawful. An acceptable method of securing transit agencies is to monitor and identify suspicious behavior. This Recommended Practice provides guidance and procedural guidelines for identifying suspicious behavior and potentially criminal activity. It includes criteria for identifying basic behavioral characteristics of possible criminals and/or terrorists.
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