Journal of Public Transportation Article in Volume 13, Issue 3 by Lori A. Magda, Allison N. Canton, and Robyn R.M. Gershon, Mailman School of Public Health, Columbia University

In response to increased terrorist attacks on mass transit systems worldwide, emergency planning and security efforts have intensified. One of the most important planning elements is the provision of training for first-response personnel. Yet few terrorism-related training programs specific to the mass transit sector are available. To address this unmet need, a web-based weapons of mass destruction (WMD) simulation training program, specifically designed for transit police, was recently developed, implemented, and evaluated. Results indicate that this program was effective in improving transit police officers’ ability to recognize and respond to WMD simulations. View the full article or the entire Journal issue.