Bay Area Law Enforcement Agencies Prepare to Train in ‘Urban Shield’ Drill

DUBLIN (KCBS)— More than 500 members of law enforcement agencies are getting ready to take part in the Bay Area’s non-stop, 48-hour training exercise called “Urban Shield.”

The Alameda County Sheriff’s Office, with the support of the Bay Area Urban Area Security Initiative (UASI), has conducted a Homeland Security training exercise called Urban Shield.

KCBS’ Anna Duckworth Reports:

Teams from around the world are descending upon the Bay Area for the largest tactical drill in the nation this weekend.

There will be training in 31 different scenarios including; a BART train attack, a mass casualty incident, and an airplane hijacking played out in four Bay Area counties.

Alameda County Sergeant J.D. Nelson said the teams will go from city to city, learning how to deal with real-life crisis situations.

“This year we’re using the new eastern span of the Bay Bridge and there’s going to be a hostage situation,”

Nelson said most of the teams are from the Bay Area and around the state, but said there are also tactical units from Chicago, the Israeli National Police and three teams from the Kingdom of Jordan.

This is Urban Shield’s fifth year in a drill made possible by federal funding.

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