“A lot o our employees are saying they’re more aware o things
ater that training,” says Wanda Brown, assistant manager, UC Davis
Health System. “They’re thinking about why something doesn’t
look right as opposed to just that it’s violating a parking policy.”
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Bill Arrington, general manager, Transportation Sector NetworkManagement/Highway and Motor Carrier Division, Transporta-tion Security Administration (TSA), says parking frst piqued his
interest or a very good reason.
“Parking matters,” he says. “Parking is important, and a little
over two years ago, I saw
The Parking Professional
and becameamiliar with IPI. Upon reviewing the magazine, I became ex-
tremely interested in the industry because I saw the nexus between
transportation security and parking.”
“I thought about it rom the standpoint o the World Trade Center
bombing in 1993 and the Oklahoma City bombing o 1995; in both
cases, the terrorists were parked in the acilities and could have
been observed by parking proessionals. Had those proessionals
been trained in First Observer, could we have made a dierence?”
Since partnering with IPI, the program has trained more than
7,000 parking proessionals across the United States. All o that
training has been ree o charge to participants thanks to unding rom the Federal Emergency Management Agency (FEMA), and
is currently available online and in-person. Also available is a cus-tomizable training website or organizations o 100 people or more.
“It initially started o as a security grant program geared or
directed at training truck drivers,” says Arrington. “It expanded to
school bus drivers, and in 2008, it was renamed and re-branded,and then spread to all modes o transportation.”Parking, he says, is critical in that mix.“I spent 28 years with the Maryland State Police,” he says. “I an individual’s home is burglarized, chances are that the criminal
drove a car o vehicle to the place o that crime, and then hauled thegoods away with a vehicle on the roadways. There is a transporta-
tion nexus to all o the things we see happening today.”
That holds true or large-scale terrorism events as well. “When
a target is selected, casing surveillance takes place,” he explains.
“They do dry runs and have rehearsals. So a parking proessional
may start to see the same person in the same location or no apparent
reason. And a rehearsal will look an awul lot like the real thing.”First Observer trained proessionals call their suspicions intoa 24 x 7 call center, where inormation is routed to the Inorma-tion Sharing and Analysis Center (ISAC). There, analysts work to
determine i what’s been reported may be a sign o terrorist activity.
“The specialists start to ask probing questions,” says Rather.“We get a really good, detailed report, and then the inormation
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