Members of the Counter-Terrorism Task Force simulated a hostage situation at State Mutual Stadium off Veteran’s Memorial Highway that included a long list of law enforcement teams, including SWAT, hostage negotiators, bomb sniffing dogs and helicopters that buzzed through the area near the stadium.
Law enforcement officers on four-wheelers blocked entrances to the stadium as police swarmed the area to thwart a fake terrorist attack.
“It went very well,” said Stephen Adams, task force leader and coordinator for the exercise. “Everyone does their core task very well. It’s how you coordinate and fill in the gaps.”
Because of the nature of their work, many of the details about the exercise could not be revealed.
The CTTF was formed after the Sept. 11, 2001, terrorists attacks as a reactionary force, Adams said.
CTTF is comprised of personnel from the Georgia Emergency Management Agency, Homeland Security, Georgia Department of Natural Resources, Georgia Bureau of Investigation, Georgia National Guard and Georgia State Patrol.
Adams is a major with the Georgia Department of Natural Resources law enforcement division.
The exercise was originally planned for Atlanta but was moved to Rome and hosted at the home of the Rome Braves, whose season ended earlier this month.
“The facility was perfect,” Adams said. “We had 200 people in for 48 hours. The Braves really supported our operation and let us train a lot more effectively.”