In wake of Virginia trooper shooting, are Greyhound bus stations safe?

NORFOLK, Va (WAVY) — In the wake of Virginia State Trooper Chad Dermyer’s death following a shooting at a Greyhound bus station in Richmond, Media General contriibutors checked into security at bus stations.

Contributors wanted to know what safety measures are in place to protect travelers. Greyhound’s website has the passenger rules posted. One of those rules state; absolutely no alcohol, drugs or weapons anywhere on the bus including in checked baggage.

But how do they police that?

Contributors emailed Greyhound to find out and got the following response from a spokesman:

There are security guards at all terminals including the one in Norfolk. They randomly wand people and do bag searches. When weapons or drugs are found those people are removed from the property and police are called as needed.

Contributors then asked about how often passengers are randomly wanded or searched, and how often they find items and remove people from the property.

Greyhound responded that they do not have those numbers to provide.

Since the Sept. 11th attacks, Greyhound participates in a voluntary program with the TSA where the company invites the agency to do an assessment. They look for threats and offer advice on how and where they can tighten up. provides commenting to allow for constructive discussion on the stories we cover. In order to comment here, you acknowledge you have read and agreed to our Terms of Service. Commenters who violate these terms, including use of vulgar language or racial slurs, will be banned. Please be respectful of the opinions of others. If you see an inappropriate comment, please flag it for our moderators to review. Note: Comments containing links are not allowed.

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