The New Jersey Office of Homeland Security and Preparedness (NJOHSP), in conjunction with the Jersey City/Newark Urban Areas Security Initiative (UASI), the New Jersey State Police, and various municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement agencies, conducted a three-day, cross-state joint training exercise aimed at enhancing intelligence- and information-sharing between New Jersey and New York.
The exercise was the first of its kind between the two states. It tested each state’s information-sharing ability to deliver a coordinated response and tactical skills during a complex attack that impacts both states. The New Jersey portion of the exercise took place April 24-26 in sites across the northern portion of the state, primarily in Linden, Newark and Secaucus.
The interconnectedness of New Jersey and New York cannot be understated as the threat landscape continues to evolve in this region. The two states have endured attacks as recently as September 2016, requiring that law enforcement at all levels remain vigilant and prepared in case another attack occurs. Each state has engaged with an array of municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement partners to support the development efforts. Hundreds of first responders from across both states are participating in the exercise.
“New Jersey faces a complex, diverse, and fluid security environment, with real, pervasive, and evolving threats,” said Director Jared Maples of NJOHSP. “Collaboration between municipal, county, state, and federal law enforcement is paramount for the continued well-being of our citizenry and the protection of our state.”