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Feds Offer ‘Bomb Prevention’ Course In A Territory Where We’ve Never Had A Threat

CHARLOTTE AMALIE — U.S. Attorney Gretchen C.F. Shappert said today that a Department of Homeland Security (DHS) Bombing Prevention Awareness Course (BPAC) will be offered two days next week at the VITEMA offices on St. Thomas.

On December 5 and 6, the courses will run from 9:00 a.m. to 5:30 p.m, Shappert said.

“The BPAC provides participants with training regarding general bombing prevention measures from improvised explosive device (IED) construction and classification through protective measures for potential bombing incidents,” she said.

The day-long course, taught by Explosive Specialists from The Transportation Security Administration (TSA), enhances the participants’ understanding of the IED threat and provides valuable information for law enforcement and first responders regarding how to mitigate the impact of a bombing incident.

The training will also cover issues associated with potential terrorist attacks, suspicious behaviors, and protective
measures available to law enforcement.

“We are grateful to DHS for making this valuable training available to territory law enforcement personnel”, said U.S. Attorney Shappert. “No one likes to think that bomb prevention awareness training is necessary, but it is. Planning and preparation are critical to preventing these tragedies and to responding effectively when unforeseen incidents occur. At the U.S. Attorney’s Office, we encourage all of our law enforcement partners to take
advantage of this valuable opportunity for high-quality training.”

Online registration can be completed through the FEMA Center for Domestic Preparedness.

Students require a FEMA Student Identification (SID) number to register.

Students who do not have a FEMA SID may register at https://cdp.dhs.gov/femasid/register 

Students will also be permitted to register for the course in person at VITEMA December 5th and Dec 6th.

For more information, please visit http://www.dhs.gov/obp

According to the CIA Fact Book, there has never been a foreign or domestic act of terrorism in the U.S. Virgin Islands.

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John McCarthy

John McCarthy

John McCarthy has been reporting on the U.S. Virgin Islands and the Caribbean region since 1989. John's articles have appeared in the BVI Beacon, St. Croix Avis, San Juan Star and Virgin Islands Daily News. He is originally from Detroit, Michigan.

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