FBI and Other Law Enforcement Agencies Conducting Simulated Training Exercises at ODU Sunday through Thursday
The Old Dominion University community and surrounding neighbors are advised that law enforcement officials will be conducting reality-based training scenarios in the northwest area of campus, near 49th Street and Powhatan Avenue, from 12 a.m. Monday, May 17, to 5 p.m. Thursday, May 20.
The Norfolk Field Office of the Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), in conjunction with the ODU Police Department and Virginia State Police, will conduct reality-based training exercises involving air and ground emergency response vehicles, special tactical teams and volunteer role players to prepare law enforcement officers for real-life situations in the field.
During the four-day training period, ODU students, faculty, staff and the general public can expect to hear sirens and audible commands from law enforcement officers. These are simulated exercises and not real-life situations; therefore, there is no need for concern for those in or near the training area.
In the event of an emergency elsewhere on the ODU campus, normal emergency reporting protocols to 911 or the ODU Police Department (683-4000) should be followed.
In the interest of public safety, there will be no public access to the training area via air or ground.
Local residents and the ODU community should be advised that portions of Powhatan Avenue, between 43rd and 49th Streets, may be closed during these exercises. Motorists should use Woodbury Avenue/Kenova Street to access 48th Street on the east side of Powhatan.
Individuals needing to access the Student Recreation Center or Child Development Center on 48th Street should park on 49th Street or in Lot 44 and walk to the centers. The Student Recreation Center's MAC court and the field behind the facility will be closed. Lot 42 behind Whitehurst Hall will be closed also.
All media questions regarding this release should be directed to Vanessa Torres, FBI, at 757-455-2595. Members of the campus community should call the ODU Office of University Relations at 683-3114 with any questions or concerns.
This article was posted on: May 14, 2010
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