Counter terrorism training exercise in the Latrobe Valley
A terrorism training exercise is being conducted in the Latrobe Valley this weekend.
Exercise Southern Magpie 19 is designed to allow the Australian Defence Force, police and emergency services to test their interoperability in complex security and emergency scenarios.
The exercise, part of the regular testing of Victoria’s response to counter terrorism incidents, will be conducted in the Loy Yang precinct south of Traralgon which they say allows for a range of situations that could occur in real-life.
Victoria Police Superintendent Mick West said that people may see an increased number of police and defence personnel in the area throughout the week of the exercise, however there should be no cause for concern.
“This is an exercise only and it’s important that the community understands that it is not in response to any real or current threat to the Latrobe Valley,” he said.
“The Loy Yang precinct is the perfect location for an exercise such as this and allows for a range of situations which could occur in a real-life incident to be tested.