New Jersey Conducts Rail Safety Exercise
Wednesday, July 10, 2019 | Comments

The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness partnered with Amtrak, NJ TRANSIT, the New Jersey State Police, the New Jersey Department of Transportation, and numerous local law enforcement agencies during the Operation NJ CONECT rail safety exercise at multiple train stations on Amtrak’s New Jersey line July 10.

“I cannot begin to stress the importance of securing our transportation hubs due to New Jersey’s sizable commuter population and proximity to two major cities,” said Jared M. Maples, director of the New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness. “Operations such as this one demonstrate the commitment of the state’s law enforcement partners to promote preparedness and build resiliency in the transportation sector.”

This joint exercise promoted cooperation among law enforcement agencies on rail lines and improved capabilities to respond to actual emergencies. Officers performed counterterrorism and incident response exercises at passenger train stations along Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor rail system.

“Safety is Amtrak’s top priority — whether it is on a train, at a station or on our right of way,” said Amtrak Police Department Chief Neil Trugman. “We will continue to work ¬with our partners to ensure the safety of our customers, employees and infrastructure.”

The exercise included heightened platform patrols, explosive detection canine sweeps, increased security on trains and a visible proactive law enforcement presence throughout the railway system.

“Working side by side with our local, county, state and federal law enforcement partners is critical to protecting the transportation network,” said NJ TRANSIT Police Chief Christopher Trucillo. “This joint deployment is a clear example of how law enforcement agencies are united throughout the state in the counterterrorism mission.”

Operation NJ CONECT took place on Amtrak’s Northeast Corridor service in New Jersey from Newark Penn Station through Metropark Station in Woodbridge/Iselin to Trenton Station.

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