Local law enforcement to be trained on responding to shooters, bombs

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Posted on April 16, 2013 at 12:59 PM

Updated Tuesday, Apr 16 at 1:54 PM

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NEW ORLEANS - Local law enforcement and FBI leaders addressed steps they have taken to keep people safe, especially for big events.Tuesday's press conference was scheduled before the explosions at the Boston Marathon.

They announced they would be holding conferences for law enforcement around the state on how to deal with active shooters and respond to bombs.

The first conference will be in New Orleans during the week of April 22.

The Crescent City is used to hosting large crowds - the Super Bowl was held in the city in February 2013 and Jazz Fest is set to start the last weekend of April.

"Our joint Terrorism Task Force is a 24/7 operation. So, we can stand up a command post within an hour or two, as Boston has in this instance. We can deploy all of those assets if there were to be any kind of event at Jazz Fest, not just the New Orleans division, but surging resources from neighboring field offices or from FBI headquarters," said Michael Anderson, the FBI special agent in charge.

Officials describe the security plan for Jazz Fest as robust. Still, the public is asked to remain vigilant and to report anything suspicious.

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