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Posted at 5:31 PM ET, 01/ 6/2011

Siloed thinking and Metro's bag search policy

By David Alpert

To most riders, WMATA's bag search policy is intuitively foolish. But as statements at recent Riders' Advisory Council meetings make clear, within the mindset of the Metro Transit Police (MTPD), they're entirely logical. This is another example of how silos inside WMATA lead to bad decisions.

Last night, Chief Michael Taborn echoed the statements of his underlings from Monday: Taborn said that this program is one of many tools in the police's toolbox, and they feel they have to do "everything" for security.

In other words, it's not his job to balance this program against others, or against the costs outside the police department. For example, if this undermines rider support for Metro, which make other initiatives more difficult, that's not his problem. If it draws expensive lawsuits which sap WMATA's budget, it's not his problem.

[Continue reading David Alpert's post at Greater Greater Washington.]

David Alpert is founder and editor of Greater Greater Washington. The Local Blog Network is a group of bloggers from around the D.C. region who have agreed to make regular contributions to All Opinions Are Local.

By David Alpert  | January 6, 2011; 5:31 PM ET
Categories:  D.C., HotTopic, Local blog network, crime, transportation  
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I've commuted on the NYC subway system for years, and never once have I seen a search conducted.

Posted by: Itzajob | January 6, 2011 8:08 PM | Report abuse

Give $10.00 to every patron searched to:

a) prove it's random, sort of
b) remunerate the patron for the fuss
c) charge authorities for such an inane use of taxpayer funding when they could be catching real bad guys.


Posted by: pcardiff1 | January 7, 2011 8:50 AM | Report abuse

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