Cross border terrorism exercise

Thursday, 09 November, 2017

Police and partners working together during the exercise


A major national counter-terrorism exercise spanning Scotland and Northumbria took place last month.  

Northumbria Police and Police Scotland worked with the Home Office to plan the exercise. The three-day exercise was designed to test the skills and processes of two cross border police forces, other emergency services and partners including local authorities, to deal with a major terrorist incident.

Hundreds of personnel played a role across Northumbria and Scotland from police forces, other emergency services and partner organisations during the exercise.

Assistant Chief Constable Darren Best, of Northumbria Police, said: "This large scale exercise has demonstrated the strong working relationship between partners including Police Scotland, Northumberland County Council, Northumberland Fire & Rescue Service, Tyne and Wear Fire & Rescue Service, the North East Ambulance Service, NHS England CNE,  Public Health England, MOD, the military, Newcastle City Council, Sunderland City Council, Gateshead Council, North Tyneside Council, South Tyneside Council, Tyne and Wear Strategic Coordinating Group and Northumbria Local Resilience Forum members.
"A huge amount of work and preparation has gone into this exercise during the year-long planning stage and I want to thank all those involved for their expertise and support.

"This latest counter-terrorism exercise has enabled us to further cement our positive working relationships with our many partners and will help us to continue to inform our planning and responses to any actual incidents."

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