Ottawa bus drivers get hints on spotting terrorists
Last Updated Thu, 28 Jul 2005 21:37:24 EDT CBC News
Ottawa bus drivers have been issued a U.S. pamphlet offering tips on how to spot terrorists. OC Transpo general manager Gord Diamond said the pamphlet, titled Employee Guide to Terrorist Activity Recognition and Reaction, was obtained through the U.S. National Transit Institute.
http://www.cbc.ca/gfx/pix/diamond_gordon050728.jpg Gord Diamond
The institute, based at New Jersey’s Rutgers University, declined to make a copy available to CBC Online.
Associate director Renee Haider said it has been offered to Canadian transit agencies for staff use. Making it public might give terrorists hints on how to avoid being detected, she said.
The institute also offers a one-day course on spotting terrorists. The course outline says:
"As terrorist threats loom, routine security responsibilities for transit agency employees need to include monitoring activities around the work area while performing their primary job duties. This monitoring includes watching for things that are out-of-the-ordinary and identifying suspicious activities and objects.
"The goals of the course are to provide participants with the knowledge and skills to:
"Explain the importance of identifying and reporting pre-attack terrorist activity;
"Recognize the difference between normal, suspicious, and dangerous activity;
"Define their role in recognizing and reacting to suspicious activity;
“Describe their immediate actions when confronted with dangerous activity.”
*]FROm July 22, 2005: No security changes on OC Transpo
Diamond said the institute has “some handy guides for employees to use for general security” as well as the one “more about recognizing potential terrorists and what actions you should take should you do so.”
As he sees it, the pamphlets offer basic common sense and no supplementary staff training is required. The pamphlets are part of an upgrade of security procedures recommended by the federal government after Sept. 11, 2001, he said.
“It’s just a prudent thing to do in our increased-vigilance posture that we have adopted across the country.”