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Jennings Sunday: Local officers take part in disaster exercise

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BUTLERVILLE — Two North Vernon Police Department officers participated in the Indiana Department of Homeland Security’s Operation Without Warning exercise at Muscatatuck Urban Training Center.

Sgt. Andrew Richmond, Officer Todd Beam and police dog Heros, who are members of the Indiana District 9 Task Force response team, participated in the exercise Sept. 23-25.

Operation Without Warning was a full-scale drill involving members of the Indiana District 9 response team. The officers participated in a variety of law enforcement and emergency aid scenarios during the exercise while working alongside ambulance and fire personnel.

Other agencies that participated in the exercise were the Indiana State Police, Jeffersonville Fire Department, Westport Fire Department, Jefferson County Sheriff’s Department, Decatur County Sheriff’s Department, Greensburg Police Department, Rising Sun Police Department and the Jennings County 911 Center along with multiple other agencies.

The North Vernon Police Department has four officers registered with the task force.

The purpose of the task force, which is a federally funded program through the Indiana Department of Homeland Security, is to provide a response force for areas stricken by overwhelming natural disasters or events that would go beyond what local services could provide.

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