'Improvised Nuclear Device' Subject of FBI, Local Police Training in L.A., Burbank
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The FBI and other local agencies are conducting a three-day training exercise beginning today and are letting the public know, hoping to "prevent unnecessary concern," according to the LAPD. Today's training will test those agencies on their "ability to respond to a terrorist attack involving an improvised nuclear device" and will mostly occur in Los Angeles, Burbank and far-out Barstow (yeah, sounds like "24").
"Community members who notice personnel, training or special equipment should rest assured that practice of this type make us better prepared for actual large-scale emergencies," noted the message sent out on Nixle, the LAPD's new e-mail/cell phone notification system, which you can sign up for here. Police say "the use of Nixle to help keep everyone informed is an important part of the process."
According to the Los Angeles County Sheriff's Department, the majority of training is classified. Today, teams of law enforcement will do surveys, training on equipment used to indicate whether a radiological device exists. One site will be on a side street off Victory Boulevard in Burbank. On Tuesday, a mock vehicle convoy will transport a "notional improvised explosive device" from the Coliseum. Wedneday, authorities will be in Bartsow conducting screening operations at the Agricultural Station on Highway 15.