CABBIES “TOP” SECURITY AT SEAPORT
Port Everglades Terminal 18, Friday 10 am
Date: September 7, 2012
PIO Number: 12-9-7
BSO joins forces with the taxi fleet
The Broward Sheriff’s Office is joining forces with Yellow Cab and the Taxicab, Limousine & Paratransit Association (TLPA) to launch a new program that will train cabbies and limo drivers to watch for trouble when they’re on the road.
The Transportation on Patrol, or TOP program, will kick off at Port Everglades with an announcement Friday morning and the first training session that afternoon. The port was chosen because of its high volume of cabs and limos and the fact that it’s the world’s busiest cruise passenger port and is a major hub for cargo and fuel, all combining to make it a potential target for terrorism.
Once a driver is trained he will get a TOP sticker for his cab or limo. Drivers will be instructed to dial 911 if they see emergencies, such as a crime in progress, a fire, a person having a heart attack, a serious crash or accident, etc. For non-emergencies, such as unusual activity or a disabled vehicle, they will have a list of contact numbers to call.
BSO’s TOP program is modeled after a similar initiative in Denver that scored several successes during its first year of operation. The program will be expanded beyond Port Everglades in coming months.
Media note: Ride-alongs in taxis and BSO patrol cars can be arranged after the news conference and reporters can observe the first training class starting at 1 pm.
This report by:
Jim Leljedal / PIO
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