DHS, San Diego responders enhance nuclear detection
The simulations allowed those participating to test protocols and procedure in a realistic situation and allowed law enforcement to review detection techniques in case of these kinds of threats. Participating agencies included the Federal Bureau of Investigation, the San Diego Police Department, Fire - Rescue Department and its Lifeguard Division of San Diego, San Diego Harbor Police Department, Coronado Lifeguards, Imperail Beach Lifeguards, the Coronado Fire Department and the San Diego County Department of Environmental Health.
The simulations also allowed different officials to evaluate their current processes in regard to radiological and nuclear threats and provided them an honest look into how they could improve, either in performance or in policy measures.
This was a part of a larger effort of the DHS Domestic Nuclear Detection Office in supporting and evaluating emergency response and law enforcement personnel on a national scale.
This was the second opportunity to test threats that could come in through ports and ships. The department is committed to coordinating with law enforcement officials in ensuring safety against threats to the public.