No sleep for Washington Square Shopping Mall overnight. It was the scene of a drill involving the FBI and Tigard Police. They were testing how they respond to a terrorist attack. The FBI was testing its hostage negotiating skills and Tigard police were focusing on how they handle being a first responder. The drill involved dozens of people playing bystanders, hostages, victims and bad guys.
Special Agent in Charge of the FBI in Oregon, Gregory T. Bretzing, says “recent incidents at public venues, both in the United States and elsewhere, underscore the need for public safety and private sector partners to train together and to identify best practices.” He adds “coordination and communication are critical to saving lives int he kind of attack we tested.” The drill was part of the FBI’s Complex Mall Attack initiative.