Security Reach

RTD hardens its target with compulsory anti-terrorism training.

While sweeping the bus, you see two gentlemen get off the bus and move quickly down the block.

There are three elderly women sitting together talking loudly. You notice bags under their seats.

A homeless man is trying to board the bus but keeps slipping on the steps.

Mark Andresen

You are across the street from the library, and there is a strong smell of garlic.

You notice a white van parked behind you.

You are asked not to alert the passengers of the situation at this time.

Next to the library is the YMCA.

There are three high school kids sitting in the rear of the bus.

Two fire engines pass your area with their lights and sirens on.

A bearded man holding a briefcase is looking out the window nervously.

Next to the YMCA is Tony's Pizza, and there are about 20 kids in front of the pizza place.

You find a loaf of bread on the floor.

You see a brown box on a seat, but the woman next to it says it is hers.

Passengers are asking you what you are looking for.

The prevailing tone of the System Security Awareness is a creepy amalgam of dread and see-no-evil optimism, reminiscent of the "duck-and-cover" drills of the 1950s. At that time, schoolchildren were taught through catchy jingles that if they simply cowered beneath their school desks in the event of nuclear war, everything would be fine, just fine. Now the federal government compels our bus drivers to "harden the target" by "developing skill sets for observing, determining, and reporting people and things that are suspicious or out of place." Case in point: In the event of a CBR attack (Chemical, Biological or Radiological), drivers are drilled not to TEST (Taste, Eat, Touch or Smell), but to "remain calm, find a safe location and park" and "direct passengers to move upwind."

Flashing sign: Stop requested.

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