Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services Announces Next In A Series of “Operation NY Secure” Multi-Agency Rail Safety Exercises

DHSES, State Police, Local Law Enforcement, and Amtrak Police Conduct Exercise at the Syracuse Train Station

The State’s Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services today announced the next in the series of “Operation NY S.E.C.U.R.E.” (Securing the Empire Corridor by Unifying Regional Efforts) rail exercises will take place today, from 9:30 a.m. – 12:30 p.m., August 7. DHSES Office of Counter Terrorism, State Police, Syracuse Police Department, and Amtrak Police will be participating in this morning’s exercise at the Syracuse Train Station to promote better cooperation between law enforcement agencies and to improve the state’s capabilities to respond to actual emergencies on rail lines.

Officers will perform counter terrorism and incident response exercises such as heightened platform patrols, increased security presence onboard trains, explosives detection canine sweeps, and counter-surveillance measures. The goal of this operation is to improve coordination and response between the railroad police agencies that are responsible for each station, and the state and local law enforcement agencies that will be responding to emergencies at those locations. Currently there are no known threats to the rail transportation sector.

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