Authorities Increase Security in Los Angeles After Brussels Attack

March 22, 2016 by · Leave a Comment 

The terror attacks at the international airport and a subway station in Brussels, Belgium that claimed at least 36 lives and injured at least 200 people has caused heightened security on Metro lines today.

Metro announced it will increase security at Union Station, Rosa Parks station and 7th/Metro.

“Metro and the Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Department Transit Policing Division are aware of the terrorist strikes in Belgium and are monitoring the situation closely,” Metro said in a statement. “While we maintain a high state of readiness at all times, we will be increasing security.”

There is no tangible threat to any transit system in Los Angeles, Transit Services Bureau spokesman Ramon Montenegro told City News Service.

“Right now, we are monitoring the situation in Brussels and maintaining close contact and communications with our county Emergency Operations Center, Homeland Security and LA Metro,” Montenegro said.

“I’m certain that we will increase security in the aftermath of these attacks on all transit lines,” Montenegro said.

“We also have special security teams that we will likely deploy later today.”

Montenegro said the security patrols include bomb-sniffing dogs that are regularly deployed along the Red Line subway route.

“Our hearts go out to the people of Brussels and to the first responders,” he said. “We just pray that no one else gets hurt there.”

Metro asked the public to be aware of their surroundings when in a transportation center and stressed the importance of calling attention to something or someone that may seem unusual.

“We are asking the public to be our eyes and ears on the system,” Metro said. “If you see something, say something.”

LAX Airport Police spokeswoman Alicia Hernandez said the department is increasing its visual presence at the airport and readying rapid deployment strategies.

“We take attacks on aviation very seriously,” Hernandez said, promising they will “make adjustments to security as necessary.”

Amtrak spokeswoman Verna Graham said the rail line also has added safety personnel.

“Amtrak police are working with state, local and federal law enforcement partners to gather and share intelligence,” Graham said.

“Extra officers have been deployed. We have reminded Amtrak employees to look for and report any suspicious activity and unattended items and reissued guidance pertaining to facility inspections and active shooter incidents.”

Metrolink, like Amtrak, also has enhanced its security and is coordinating with a variety of law enforcement agencies, Public Affairs Officer Scott Johnson said.

The same goes at the Port of Los Angeles, where spokesman Phillip Sanfield acknowledged “a proactive presence with L.A. Port Police at our containment terminals, crews terminals and throughout the port complex.”

Also, The Los Angeles Police Department deployed units to “critical infrastructures” sties throughout the city

The special deployment began at 7:30 a.m. in “major places where people congregate” such as the Grove, the Beverly Center and area synagogues, according to Officer Tony Im of the LAPD’s Media Relations Section.

Officers were expected to report to their respective stations and there was no timetable for when the special deployments will end, Im said.

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