FBI, in Partnership with Hoover Police Department and DHS, to Host Comprehensive Incident Threat Response Exercise at Riverchase Galleria Mall
Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI) Birmingham Special Agent in Charge (SAC) Richard D. Schwein, Jr. and Hoover Police Chief Nick Derzis announced that the FBI, the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), and the Hoover Police Department will partner in a training exercise to simulate a complex terrorist attack in a public venue. The exercise will take place on May 8, 2014, beginning at approximately 10:00 p.m. (CST) at the Riverchase Galleria Mall, located at 2000 Riverchase Galleria in Hoover, Alabama.
The FBI and Hoover Police, along with the Department of Homeland Security (DHS), will partner with representatives from state and local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services (EMS) and the private sector to execute the final phase of the Complex Mall Attack initiative that was developed to promote preparedness. In 2013, all FBI field offices hosted facilitated discussions with public safety and private sector partners that focused on preparedness, response, and recovery efforts necessary to effectively address a complex attack. The FBI is committed to strengthening public safety and private sector partnerships necessary to protect the United States and its citizens.
Every effort has been made to schedule this exercise so as not to interfere with normal mall operations. The public may see law enforcement activity at the Riverchase Galleria on May 8 at 10:00 p.m. and is asked to avoid the mall property during this time.
“While this exercise is not in direct response to any incident, it is important for the FBI and our state, local, and federal partners to be prepared and to constantly maintain that preparedness. In a terrorism or active shooter incident, or any other similar situation, we work side by side with our law enforcement partners, and it’s important to exercise our joint capabilities.” said Schwein. “I truly appreciate the assistance of Chief Derzis and his staff, the management and security staff of the Riverchase Galleria, and particularly the public for their patience during this event.”
“We appreciate the opportunity to train with our law enforcement partners. We know training is the key to saving lives when an event occurs,” said Derzis.
The FBI has created a FBI Active Shooter/Mass Casualty Incident web page as a resource for law enforcement and the public to learn more about critical incidents involving mass casualties.
Participating agencies include FBI Birmingham; Hoover Police Department; U.S. Department of Homeland Security (DHS); United States Attorney’s Office for the Northern District of Alabama; Center for Domestic Preparedness; Bureau of Alcohol, Tobacco, Firearms, and Explosives (ATF); Hoover Emergency Medical Services; Hoover Fire Department; Riverchase Galleria Mall Security; Riverchase Mall Management; Shelby County Sheriff’s Office; Jefferson County Sheriff’s Office; Birmingham Police Department; Homewood Police Department.