DART is committed to providing our North Texas riders with an enjoyable, safe and secure ride to wherever their journey takes them. With security always on our mind, here are some of the ways we’re working to keep everyone safe on DART.
DART established its own police force in 1989 to uphold our mission of operating the safest transit system possible. With more than 200 officers, DART police have all the rights, privileges, obligations, and duties of any other peace officer in Texas. DART police enforce applicable laws, maintain cooperative relationships with law enforcement agencies, and provide responsive police services on and near DART transit systems.
TSA Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) Teams:
The Transportation Security Administration’s Visible Intermodal Prevention and Response (VIPR) teams periodically conduct high visibility patrols throughout the DART system. VIPR teams are comprised of TSA Air Marshals and the program is designed to “augment the security of any mode of transportation at any location within the United States.” VIPR teams can be deployed throughout the United States to work with federal, state and local transportation stakeholders to prevent and deter acts of terrorism against U.S. transportation systems. VIPR teams may also be deployed for special events such as the Superbowl, other large sporting events or special events such as the presidential inauguration. The DART Police Department also receives help from VIPR teams during the State Fair of Texas each year.
Security Cameras at Transit Centers and Platforms:
Smile, you’re on DART camera! DART Police maintain and monitor security cameras at all transit centers, rail stations, on buses and light rail vehicles throughout the DART system.
See Something, Say Something:
DART’s Say Something Safety and Security App is the easiest, most discreet way to report safety concerns directly to DART Police.
Available for free from the Apple Store or Google Play, the DART Say Something app allows you to send text, photos and videos to report suspicious activity. The app also provides safety alerts from DART Police, allows you to share your location on a map, and indicates whether you need help.
For more information about the DART Say Something Safety and Security App, visit www.DART.org/DARTSaySomething or call DART Customer Information at 214-979-1111.
DART is a member of the Safe Place program. This non-profit organization builds community safe havens for young people in crisis. The Safe Place program gives help immediately to those in crisis by extending the reach of local youth services, shelters, and organizations. Young people in crisis can approach DART staff and let them know they need help. DART staff is trained to work in coordination with other local organizations to transport children and youth to safety.
If you see something suspicious, or have questions or concerns, customers can always contact DART Police at (214) 928-6300.