MARTA POLICE DEPARTMENT EARNS TSA GOLD STANDARD FOR SECOND TIME
TSA Recognizes MARTA for Maintaining Highest Security Levels
The Transportation Security Administration (TSA) has presented the Metropolitan Atlanta Rapid Transit Authority (MARTA) Police Department with its Gold Standard Award.
The MARTA Police Department earned the prestigious Gold Standard for a second time on the TSA’s most recent Baseline Assessment for Security Enhancement (BASE) for its dedication to building a strong security program.
The BASE program is designed to establish a security standard for individual transit system security programs and assess progress in 17 key areas. This voluntary comprehensive review of transit agency security programs focuses on prevention and mitigation efforts identified by the transit community as fundamentals for a sound transit security program.
These categories include a review of topics such as an agency’s security plans, security training, drills/exercise programs, public outreach efforts and background check programs. The BASE program analyzes the security program for each transit system and identifies opportunities to further enhance security.
MARTA earned high scores in each of these categories. The TSA considers this caliber of performance as reaching a “Gold Standard” and recognized MARTA for having strong security programs.
“It is an honor to earn TSA’s highest rating for our security program,” said MARTA Police Chief Wanda Y. Dunham. “To receive the award a second time demonstrates the department’s dedication and commitment to continued excellence.”
TSA Administrator David Pekoske presented the award to the MARTA Police Department during a ceremony on Nov. 6 at MARTA headquarters.
MARTA is one of only five transit agencies in the country to achieve this accomplishment in 2018.