Siloed thinking and Metro's bag search policy
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.]
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| January 6, 2011; 5:31 PM ET
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