Juneau Police to hold exercise with National Guard next week

    Juneau, Alaska (KINY) - Juneau police conducted a training exercise last week with the U.S. Navy, and another is slated for next week.

    We spoke to Deputy Police Chief David Campbell about that on Action Line. He was asked if such exercises are a regular occurrence.

    "Yes and no," he said "We train a lot and we do drills a lot. Most of our drills have been with the United States Coast Guard. So annual drills, yeah, we drill quite frequently. And when I said yes or no, it's no because I think this is the first time we did with the Navy. So the Navy was kind of a new twist of this, and next week, the National Guard is coming to town to do a drill and we're going to helping."

    Campbell made it a point to clarify that this training has nothing to do with the war between Russia and Ukraine.

    "One thing I get is always 'is this a response to what's going on in Ukraine?' i was like well, no, we started the conversation about this drill in July of last year. So putting together a drill is a lot of work. It takes months and months and months, but it's something that's necessary so you can assess what are your capabilities and then learn and get better from it."

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