Multiple agency security operation at Portland’s Terminal 6

SEATTLE — Multiple agencies participated in the Maritime Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) operation at Terminal 6 in Portland, Ore., Tuesday.

Teams were deployed to Terminal 6 to verify Transportation Worker Identification Card (TWIC) credentials and use certified explosives-detection canine teams from the Transportation Security Administration (TSA).

The successful interagency operation ensured the safety and security of passengers, facilities and vessels, and was the first VIPR operation involving a marine facility in the Portland metro area.

VIPR operations are designed to enhance the Department of Homeland Security networks to ensure the capability and flexibility to manage resources while allowing normal business to continue.

The Coast Guard, Customs and Border Protection, TSA, Immigration and Customs Enforcement, Port of Portland, Portland Police Bureau and Port of Portland Police Department all participated in this operation.

VIPR teams are comprised of Department of Homeland Security and other federal agencies, and are designed to enhance security by working in mass transit, aviation, maritime, rail and other transportation modes alongside local law enforcement agencies during specific periods of time or events.

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