FBI to host threat-response training at East Towne Mall

Local law enforcement will join FBI Sunday night for complex-incident training
FBI to host threat-response training at East Towne Mall

The FBI will be holding a training exercise with local law enforcement teams at East Towne Mall Sunday night, according to a release.

The Milwaukee Division of the FBI will host a training exercise to simulate a complex incident in a public venue, officials said. The exercise will be at East Towne Mall after normal business hours.

The FBI is partnering with federal, state and local law enforcement, fire, emergency medical services and the private sector to conduct exercises at local malls across the country as the final phase of the Complex Mall Attack Initiative, according to the release. The initiative was developed to promote preparedness.

In 2013 all FBI field offices hosted discussions with public safety and private sector partners that focused on preparedness, response and recovery effort necessary to address a complex attack, officials said.

Sunday’s exercise at East Towne Mall will not affect normal business hours, and will have minimal affect on mall activities prior to closing Sunday night, according to the release. The public may see law enforcement activity at East Towne Mall, but officials advise everyone to avoid the area while training is in progress.

Agencies that will participating in the event include FBI Milwaukee, United States Attorney’s Office for the Western District of Wisconsin, Dane County Emergency Management, Dane County Sheriff’s Office, Madison Police Department, Madison Fire and EMS, Milwaukee Fire Department and EMS, Wisconsin Department of Justice, Division of Criminal Investigation, WSIC, East Town Mall, CBL Associates and the city of Madison.