Metro anti-terrorism exercise at Union Station
8:20 a.m. UPDATE: The Post's Ann Scott Tyson reports that Metro Transit Police carrying M4s are handing out cards about the anti-terrorism drill and boarding trains in their "show of force." An information booth is set up, and McGruff the Crime Dog and K-9 units are on the scene.
The drill is is the first of several exercises planned this month. Three drills later this month will test Metro's response to acts of terrorism and the agency's coordination with law enforcement and emergency agencies throughout the Washington region.
In a press release, Metro officials said the exercises are planned for Feb. 12, 13 and 24.
"It's an unfortunate reality that we face the unknown risks, either natural or manmade. Metro and area emergency responders need to be prepared to respond to any form of terrorist attack or other crisis that would impact Metro's ability to provide essential transportation services in the National Capital Region," said Metro Transit Police Acting Chief Jeff Delinski. "It's critical to have the support and coordination of local and federal agencies that would simultaneously respond to a large-scale crisis occurring on Metro."
The next exercise is planned for Feb. 12 in the parking lot at RFK Stadium and will simulate an explosion on a Metrobus; the second will happen Feb. 13 and simulate an explosion in a train tunnel between Rosslyn and Foggy Bottom-GWU stations; and the final drill will be Feb. 24 at Friendship Heights and will simulate reports of "active shooters" at the station.
Metro said participants will include police, fire and emergency medical services departments from Arlington County, Alexandria, the District, Fairfax County, Prince Georges' County, Montgomery County, the Federal Bureau of Investigation and the American Red Cross.
The exercises are being paid for through a $1.2 million federal grant.
Original post: Metro Transit Police officers descended upon Union Station at 7:30 a.m. this morning as part of an anti-terrorism demonstration. For more on this exercise, check out Ann Scott Tyson's story here.
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