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Police Say Emergency Drill was a Huge Success
GUILDERLAND -- A massive drill was conducted early Wednesday morning at the Crossgates mall in Guilderland.
Over 100 people participated in the morning drill from multiple agencies including the FBI.
The emergency drill stemmed from a deadly attack that occurred one year ago at the Westgate Mall in Kenya.
"After that terrorist event occurred, our headquarters came out and kind of said, 'hey how would we in the U.S. address such a situation if it were to happen here,'" says Special Agent, Andrew Vale.
After that attack each field office in the FBI, including the Albany division was mandated to have a full scale exercise involving three parts:
Training, communication, and the drill itself.
Many of the participants that took part in the mock-terrorist attack say they didn't know what to expect, and special agents say that's how it should be.
"Part of the scenario is for those people who are involved to not know what's going to happen," says Vale.
Vale also tells CBS6 drills like this are important because it provides the opportunity for state and local agencies to work together, and have a better understanding of what each agency has to offer.
Officers assure the public Wednesday's drill was nothing more than a drill, and say there is no need for public concern.
"Nobody should be worries. There's no indication of any terrorist attack that's going to happen in the Albany area. This drill is just a matter of being prepared, and I think we have that obligation to the citizens that we swear to protect every day," says Vale.
FBI, Chief Division Counsel, Paul Holstein tells CBS6 Wednesday's drill was a success. Holstein says they will now review tape and discuss what went well, and what needs work should a situation like this ever arise.