Federal airport security isn't just for air travelers.
Air marshals and Transportation Security Administration employees are teaming up with Metro Transit police to spot suspicious activities and keep order at Hiawatha light-rail and Northstar commuter stations.
The feds "received specific behavior recognition training," said Metro Transit spokesman John Siqveland. "If they notice anything suspicious they notify our officers and our officers take the appropriate action.
Federal officers would enforce federal but not local laws.
The program has its own acronym: VIPR -- Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response.
There are three or four details a month.
They feature teams of two or four federal officers and transit police.
Metro Transit said the program has been underway for more than five years and federal officers have been randomly assigned at various times at all stations.
Metro Transit has assigned additional police patrols to that station and made other improvements to deter troublemakers, including piping in classical music in the first-floor lobby.
Pat Doyle • 612-673-4504