FBI hosts attack simulation in Connecticut

State, local and federal authorities participated in a simulated attack scenario in Connecticut on Sunday.

The New Haven Division of the FBI, along with Connecticut State Police and the Manchester Police Department, hosted the training event at the The Shoppes at Buckland Hills in Manchester, Conn. They were joined by other first responders and law enforcement agencies.

"Our department is truly committed to public safety for town residents," Manchester Police Department Chief Marc Montminy said. "We take training seriously and strive to ensure that our police officers are prepared to respond to a crisis, anywhere at any time. That we can train with our state and federal partners is especially important because, inevitably, a crisis brings us all together."

The training simulation was held overnight at The Shoppes to avoid interfering with normal business hours. Other participants in the exercise included the Manchester Fire Department and The Shoppes at Buckland Hills security.

The exercise was the final stage of the national Complex Mall Attack initiative, which the FBI began last year to stimulate discussion and cooperation about preparedness in the face of an attack. All FBI field offices hosted discussions in 2013 with public safety and other private organizations. A number of mall attack exercises have been held across the U.S.