Drills planned Thursday for 2 Phila. PATCO stations

    The Delaware River Port Authority has scheduled drills at two Philadelphia PATCO stations Thursday to help DRPA police continue to improve their skills in stopping a threat of any kind to the system.

    According to a news release issued by the DRPA, the first drill will begin at 6 a.m. and run through 9 a.m. at PATCO’s 12/13th and Locust Station.  A second drill is scheduled to begin at 3 p.m. and run through 6 p.m. at PATCO’s 8th and Market station.

    The drills will allow eight members of the DRPA Police Department’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response team (VIPR) to conduct practice operations.

    “These specialized law enforcement officers in the VIPR Unit continuously train to hone their skills to deter and disrupt any kind of threat to the system for the protection of our customers,” DRPA CEO and PATCO President John J. Matheussen said in a statement.

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    DRPA says PATCO riders will be notified of the drills in advance.

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