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Public Safety Live Exercises Take Place At BBVA Stadium

Public Safety Live Exercises Take Place At BBVA Stadium

Oct 14, 2019

On Sunday, Oct. 6, officers from various agencies working under the regional radiological / nuclear detection program - known as Securing the Cities - conducted several live exercises with assistance from Houston Dynamo and BBVA Stadium staff.  

Using advanced radiation detection equipment, officers are able to sweep a venue for hidden threats as well as monitor pedestrian and vehicular traffic in and around the area for possible suspicious activities. Through this process, any illicit threat materials can be intercepted prior to their use in a public venue such as a sporting event.


"Public-private partnerships with area organizations such as the Houston Dynamo and BBVA Stadium are key to proactive public safety initiatives such as this one and allow us the ability to test and hone our procedures," said Charlie Johnson with the Mayor’s Office of Public Safety and Homeland Security. "Our regional approach to planning and exercise helps all of us prepare ahead of an incident. These types of exercises are just one of the many ways in which law enforcement officers throughout the region are working on keeping its citizens safe."


“Any time we are able to bring in our local, state, or federal public safety partners, it is a big advantage for our safety and security program. As an organization we always look for new ways to prepare and train with our partners to be ready for any incidents that may arise,” said Juan Rodriguez, EVP and Stadium General Manager.  


The Securing the Cities program is a joint effort between the Department of Homeland Security's (DHS) Office of Countering Weapons of Mass Destruction and local law enforcement agencies, which includes the Houston Police Department, Harris County Sheriff's Office, Montgomery County Sheriff's Office, and the Texas Department of Public Safety.