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Amtrak Asks Passengers To Police Trains and Tracks

April 21, 2011  | 

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Earlier this week, Amtrak unveiled a new program to recruit passengers to police its trains, tracks, and other security issues involving the rail operator.

The Partners for Amtrak Safety and Security (PASS) program, which was launched on Tuesday, is a neighborhood watch-style program that encourages passengers and the public to be on alert and report safety or security issues.

"The PASS program enhances our efforts to further engage the public and passengers to say something when they see something that they sense is just not right," according to Amtrak Police Chief John O'Connor.

To join the program, passengers register online and are sent a membership card. Members would then help Amtrak by "identifying behaviors or activities that are unusual or out of the ordinary at stations or on board trains. Items that should be reported to Amtrak Police include trespassers, vehicles near the railroad, suspicious packages, and vandalism."

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