"We've had some testing and some training, but a decision has not been made on deployment ... It's under review. We're still studying them."
Oh. It takes two years to train over 200 police officers on how to use a defibrilator? But wait, there's more. In another classic gem, Maloney also had this to say:
"Where are you going to deploy them? ... How many do you have to maintain? Do you put them in all police cars? In major Center City stations?"
Well, how about (1) deploying them in all SEPTA Police vehicles and at major police zone offices; (2) training railroad employees and surface supervisors on these devices; and (3) stop delaying already and use them.
Of course, I'm sure the SEPTA Police union is having a good laugh over this final quote from the article:
The cost of buying and maintaining the units, as well as the potential legal liability from their use or misuse, is also being weighed, said Maloney.
Gee, that's why they have this neat little concept called "training". Of course, this being SEPTA, that's not exactly a popular concept.
Remember a few months ago when a passenger on board an MBTA commuter train suffered a heart attack and died? Is it going to take a similar event on the railroad or on the El for SEPTA to take some action?
Here's a little unsolicited advice to Emperor Street and Police Commissioner Johnson. If these idiots disrupt traffic during the height of rush hour, there's a neat little concept you may want to try: it's called arresting people. If they want to protest, fine. They certainly have the right to do so, but they do not have the right to inconvenience commuters who are trying to get home from work. I believe the proper term is called "Obstructing The Highway."