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Law enforcement prepares in case of attack on Dodger Stadium

Law enforcement prepares in case of attack on Dodger Stadium
More than 700 people took part in Friday's training exercise at Dodger Stadium. (Brian van der Brug / Los Angeles Times)

Federal law enforcement, local first responders and the Los Angeles Dodgers conducted a “full-scale” training exercise Friday involving hundreds of people at Dodger Stadium to test their tactical response to a coordinated attack at an event there, authorities said.

The exercise took place over the course of several hours and involved more than 700 participants and observers, authorities said.

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“A full-scale exercise like this one represents an investment of time and energy by all participants, but just like a team has to practice together for game day, the best way to ensure we are ready for anything, routine or otherwise, is to practice the plans we have put in place — together,” said Brian M. Harrell, the assistant director for infrastructure security at the Department of Homeland Security’s Cybersecurity and Infrastructure Security Agency.

“This exercise also highlights the Dodgers’ commitment to maintaining a safe and secure environment for their patrons,” he said in an email. “We value the Dodgers’ partnership, and commend them for serving as an industry leader in stadium security.”

The exercise, which started before noon, included a review of a wide variety of response procedures, including managing crowds and VIPs, people with special needs, evacuation and shelter-in-place decisions. The training also included integrating public-sector emergency medical teams with on-site medical providers and integrating on-site, off-duty uniformed law enforcement with responding, on-duty law enforcement, according to a statement released through the team.

Parts of the exercise focused on vehicle ramming, edged weapon attacks, mass exiting and a drone attack, according to a law enforcement source with knowledge of the event who was not authorized to discuss it.

Times staff writer Richard Winton contributed to this report.

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