Fire drill: Police practice terror response in high-school shooter excercise

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Nailing it down: Police practiced responding to a terror attack at Leon Goldstein High School in Manhattan Beach on May 15.
Air drop: A helicopter brings in reinforcements.
All clear: Police pretended several gunman stormed the school, but it was all a training excercise.
Ready for anything: The department deployed boats to Sheepshead Bay.
Got ‘em: Cops detain the mock suspects.
The run down: Commissioner Bill Bratton speaks to reporters after the drill.
Police paw-ficer: This guy helped out.

Hundreds of police and firefighters stormed Leon Goldstein High School in Manhattan Beach for a counter-terrorism drill on May 15.

Crime fighters took down mock gunmen, recovered from a faux chemical weapon attack, and diffused a fake bomb in scenarios pulled from headlines around the globe, according to police brass.

“We replicated things that happened at San Bernardino, the Bataclan in Paris, France, and in Australia,” said counter-terrorism chief James Waters.

The exercise — the force’s largest in history — tested new communication and building-evacuation technology, as well as systems for responding to drone attacks, officials said.

Reach deputy editor Max Jaeger at or by calling (718) 260–8303. Follow him on Twitter @JustTheMax.
Updated 11:48 am, January 16, 2019
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