Valley agencies develop new tactics against terrorism

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In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, local law enforcement agencies learned some important lessons today from the front lines. (KFSN)

In the wake of recent terrorist attacks, local law enforcement agencies are learning important lessons from the front lines.

The training held in Clovis Thursday, brought leaders from all over Fresno County and the state together. From San Bernardino to Paris and now Brussels preparing for an emergency is more critical than ever before.

Agencies from all over the central valley came together Thursday -- showing off emergency equipment and educating their partners who might need to use it in the future.

"Also to make sure we can talk to each other. whenever we get these vehicles together. communication is very important," said Fresno County Sheriff Margaret Mims.

Part of the training, included a briefing from top FBI officials who led the 2015 San Bernardino terror attack investigation. Sheriff Margaret Mims said as the situation was unfolding, immigration and gun control started to control the conversation.

"There were some unexpected political ramifications that came out as a result that they couldn't concentrate on because they had a case to work. And so he emphasized the importance of solving the case and letting somebody else handle the political ramifications," said Mims.

Dennis Beene of the California Office of Emergency Services was also in San Bernardino coordinating resources. He emphasized having too much help can be detrimental to crews on the ground.

"We really had a lot of officers. we probably had two-hundred to three hundred officers at one point. federal local and state agencies that responded there. so we were just trying to keep everyone else informed," said Deputy Chief Dennis Beene of the California Office of Emergency Services.

Sheriff Mims said this training helps for other situations besides terrorist activity. The most recent multi-agency operation was a 2010 shooting in Minkler, when a sheriff's deputy and a Reedley police officer were shot and killed.
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