National security drill takes place in Rochester

Posted at: 06/12/2013 7:14 AM
Updated at: 06/12/2013 1:18 PM

It's underway right now on the water of Lake Ontario -- a Homeland Security drill near the Port of Rochester.

The official title is the Northern Border Marine Interdiction Operation Exercise and it involved a number of law enforcement agencies including U.S. law enforcement, the Royal Canadian Mounted Police, state troopers, Monroe County sheriff's deputies, Coast Guard members and DEC representatives.

The exercise is designed to help all these agencies learn how to work together if there ever were a waterborne threat on Lake Ontario. Even though this is considered a drill, there is a real practice mission involved as well.

Greece Police Chief Todd Baxter said, “We got potential radiological devices have been stolen out of Canada and we're searching for those devices in the Port of Rochester and intelligence lead us to believe that they may be brought to the Port of Rochester so we're doing a proactive search. There's no intelligence saying they're here right now there's no intelligence saying they're weaponized. It's simply devices that are not made into anything that is hazardous yet. But the fact that they could be made into hazardous devices is what concerns us. So we were assigned out of Albany the task of searching our port.”

The drill is expected to go until midday Wednesday.