FBI and DHS Host Comprehensive Incident Threat Response Exercise
The Jacksonville Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation hosted a training exercise to simulate a complex terrorist attack in a public venue this morning, May 4, 2014. The exercise began at 5 a.m. and ended at 9 a.m. at The Avenues mall located at 10300 Southside Boulevard, Jacksonville, Florida, 32256.
The FBI and Department of Homeland Security partnered with representatives from the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, other local law enforcement, and the private sector to execute the final phase of the Complex Mall Attack Initiative, which 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.
“These types of exercises are important for us to practice what we know, to analyze our cooperative response with local law enforcement, and to adapt to unforeseen circumstances that arise,” said Michelle S. Klimt, Special Agent in Charge of the FBI Jacksonville Field Office. “No one likes to think about this type of thing happening in our community, but it is our duty to make every effort to be prepared.”
The exercise was scheduled early and outside of normal operating hours of the mall so as not to interfere with normal operations. All law enforcement activity at The Avenues mall this morning was part of the exercise.
The FBI has an Active Shooter and Mass Casualty Incidents web page as a resource for law enforcement and the public to learn more about critical incidents involving mass casualties.
Participating agencies included the FBI Jacksonville Division, the Jacksonville Sheriff’s Office, Homeland Security Investigations, the Gainesville Police Department, the Jacksonville International Airport Police Department, and Simon Mall Security.