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TSA VIPR team searches Amtrak station

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It's one of hundreds of random checks being done across the country. Thursday morning it was at Austin's Amtrak Station.

"We have a surge of uniformed law enforcement appear at train stations, bus stations where we have a mass number of people", said TSA Asst. Federal security director George Robinson.

Robinson says this team of Homeland Security, TSA agents and Air Marshals are looking for any kind of criminal activity on some our busiest transportation systems.

"Now that the security at the airports is increased so the bad guys are traveling on trains and buses so we try to deter that," said Robinson.

It was a bit of a surprise for many hopping on the train.

Federal Agents along with APD officers used K-9's to find narcotics, or explosives. Rocky, a retired military dog also searched for baggage inside incoming trains. On this day the search found nothing suspicious. It was a relief for passengers.

"I think its fine I actually think it's a pretty good idea," said Amtrak rider Linda Lavine.

The agents' goal isn't just to find criminal activity but even more important to deter it. It's another tool against terrorism. The VIPR Team which stands for Visible Inter modal Prevention and Response also works on freight trains, ships, truck stops even pipelines.

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