November 16, 2004
NEWARK, NJ –– The NJ TRANSIT Police Department has received the United States Secret Service Director's Recognition Award for “excellent law enforcement work” during Republican National Convention, a designated National Security Special Event (NSSE).
The Award, which was presented by U.S. Secret Service Director W. Ralph Basham reads, "In appreciation of your many contributions in support of the Secret Service mission and the selfless commitment to the ideals and principles of law enforcement."
“We are grateful for Secret Service’s recognition of our efforts,” said NJ TRANSIT Police Chief Joseph C. Bober. “And I, in turn, would like to recognize the superior work and vigilance of our officers, during the Republican Convention and every other day.”
With the world watching, NJ TRANSIT successfully executed its security plan for the Republican National Convention, which was held August 30 – September 2 at Madison Square Garden in New York. During the Convention, NJ TRANSIT Police, assisted by New Jersey State Police and law enforcement agencies from around the state, inspected every New York-bound train every day of the Convention. The police department also stepped up aerial patrols of railroad infrastructure, K9 patrols of stations and rail yards, and electronic monitoring of bridges and tunnels.
In addition, NJ TRANSIT activated its Emergency Operations Center, which provided around-the-clock monitoring of system operations. One-third of New York-bound trains were rerouted to Hoboken where scores of extra customer service representatives were deployed to help customers make connections to PATH, buses, ferries and light rail.
The tremendous amount of planning enabled NJ TRANSIT personnel – particularly the police, rail and bus departments, as well as Emergency Response Team members – to ensure that operations ran smoothly, in spite of unprecedented security challenges and the potential for delays. Several customers told media outlets that the experience exceeded their expectations. One media report characterized the commute as “clockwork.”
“Keeping NJ TRANSIT operating into New York Penn Station with a national security event directly overhead was no small task,” said NJ TRANSIT Executive Director George D. Warrington. “Good planning paid off as we were able to keep our customers moving, safely and with minimal delay.”
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