New Mexico police force holds bioattack drills

The Albuquerque, New Mexico, Police Department’s response team is preparing for any type of attack that uses biological or chemical weapons in a joint operation with homeland security that will keep them ready for many different emergencies.

The last two weeks has seen almost 70 officers train on joint counter-terrorism tactics and learn how to be on the front lines of a major disaster, KASA reports.

“What we’re trying to do is prepare our officers should an incident occur to prevent and/or deter any kind of terrorist or criminal act which would cause massive injuries or deaths,” Lt. Rogelio Banez of Homeland Security said, according to KASA.

Some of the skills officers have learned include the clearing and securing of a building that has undergone a terrorist attack to decontaminating the victims and themselves.

Other protection against bioterror attacks in Albuquerque comes from the U.S. Department of Homeland Security’s Metropolitan Medical Response Team, which is meant to develop and enhance existing systems of emergency preparedness in case of a public health crisis. This organization coordinates law enforcement, hazmat, public health and other first response personnel to effectively respond to emergencies, reports the City of Albuquerque, KASA reports.

The city of Albuquerque uses the MMRS plan to plan, develop and purchase any special pharmaceuticals needed to respond to medical consequences of chemical, biological, radiological, nuclear or explosive weapons in the Albuquerque metropolitan area.