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For Release: Friday, August 18, 2017

DEC Announces Homeland Security Training Exercises Planned for Friday, August 18 in Shinnecock Bay and Great Peconic Bay

Today, New York State Department of Environmental Conservation (DEC) Environmental Conservation Officers (ECOs) and their East End Maritime law enforcement partners are conducting coordinated radiation/nuclear detection training exercises and wide area searches in Shinnecock Bay and Great Peconic Bay, as part of "Operation Blue Trident" - a multi-agency homeland security training exercise on Long Island. ‎More than 100 personnel from 23 local, state and federal agencies will be deploying 24 vessels to Long Island in efforts to train to detect a weapon of mass destruction being smuggled into the NYC metro area.

In the afternoon, similar training exercises will be performed across the east end of Long Island while vessels also conduct navigational safety, U.S. Marine ‎Fisheries compliance and water quality/marine sanitation regulation compliance efforts.

Residents and visitors to the area are urged to be aware that this is only an exercise.

Click the link for more information on Operation Blue Trident, (leaves DEC website).

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