Boise Police Department
News Release

Michael F. Masterson
Chief of Police


Contact: Lynn Hightower
Communications Director
570-6180

FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE

Thursday, April 27, 2006

CIT-WMD Training

CIT-WMD Training

Video/MP3 News Release

Boise, April 27, 2006 – A specialized unit of Boise Police Officers spent yesterday afternoon training to provide security in a high risk, potential weapon of mass destruction

(WMD) type event. This is the first time the unit has done scenario-based training involving WMD.

The training involves 30 officers who make up the Boise PD Crowd Intervention Team (CIT). The officers were also joined by crews from the Boise Fire Department. For both Fire and Police, this training offers excellent practical experience as well as building the communication and cooperation that will be critical in any large WMD-type event.

The officers wore full protective gear including respirators and other specialized equipment. They had on the heavy, cumbersome gear while training in activities like handcuffing, decontamination and securing of evidence, scenarios that could occur during a WMD event.

CIT’s primary function at any WMD event would be perimeter security for other responding emergency agencies. The funding for the equipment used in the training comes from a grant from the Department of Homeland Security.