HV cops train for dirty bomb detection, prevention

The Rockland County Sheriff's Department is one of 150 police agencies from across the tri-state area that is training in the detection of dirty bombs, bombs that utilize radioactive materials to inflict as much destruction as possible when detonated.

The five-day exercise is designed to teach law enforcement officers how to locate dirty bombs on the water, in the air and on the ground.

A dirty bomb is a particular kind of explosive that is wrapped in radioactive materials that will scatter once the device is detonated, wreaking havoc on the surrounding area by means of both the explosion and the radioactive side effects.

Rockland County Sheriff James Kralik said that it is imperative that officers who are assigned the responsibility of detecting dirty bombs be prepared to use it as soon as possible in the event of an attack in the near future. He added that the drills are only that, and that there is no confirmed threat of a dirty bomb in the Hudson Valley at this time.

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