September 28, 2017 11:31 PM
We just marked the 16th anniversary of the worst terror attack in the history of our country and it happened in New York State.
September 11, 2001 is one reason why New York State has the most unique police training facility in the country. And a lot of money is spent on our safety.
Our New York State Exposed team found itself in a middle of a terror attack scenario.
The gun shots are not real and the people that fall to the ground are not hurt. But the kinds of terror attacks we were in the middle of are real.
It happens fast. The police run into the bar. They take down the suspected terrorists and follow a hostage situation in the back.
Brean: When our viewers see that, what do you want them to understand?
Bob Stallman, Asst. Dir. NYS Preparedness Training Center: I want them to understand that when they saw everyone running from that building, I want them to see those cops that ran in to that building.
The night club attack happened inside the New York State Homeland Security Preparedness Training Center just outside Utica. It's a a multi-million dollar investment and the only one of its kind in the country. The state turned the former Oneida County airport into the 1,100 acre training center.
New York State spent $12 million to build a Hollywood-style city street with the night club, a drug store, a school and a shopping mall.
Brean: Why do you do this?
Bob Stallman, Asst. Dir. NYS Preparedness Training Center: We do this training because the world is changing and it's not showing any signs of slowing down.
They modeled the night club scenario on the attack in Orlando. But it could have happened in Rochester too. On New Year's Eve 2015 Emmanuel Lutchman, who swore his oath to ISIS, planned to attack people inside the Merchants Grill restaurant and bar.
The FBI arrested him before he could do it. That situation came up when I asked Rochester Deputy Chief Scott Peters this question.
Brean: Have we had these kinds of threats in our city that you've had to respond to?
Dep. Chief Scott Peters, Rochester Police Department: Um, I'll say yes. We had a specific threat that something was going to happen on New Year's Day We always remember that -- Emmanuel Lutchman.
Remember the car-ramming attacks in London? They train for that here too. The training center is a $7 million operation. New York State spends $1.6 billion a year on Homeland Security and emergency services. Rochester Police and the Monroe County Sheriff's Office use federal grants to pay for their officers and deputies to come here.
Stallman: And these guys are better prepared for something to happen in their neighborhood. So if something like this happens, or something similar to it, they've already done the training.
The hope is the training we saw never has to happen in real life here.
Updated: September 28, 2017 11:31 PM
Created: September 28, 2017 06:40 PM
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