[VIDEO] In this video report you can see the Secret Service go into a live training exercise on the White House grounds. It was held in the wee hours of the morning, and, yes, the President was in his quarters. After the last fence-jumper, the Secret Service has been looking at ways to improve security for the President. Realistic training is just one of those items that need to be used to affect security.
As Written By Major Garrett for CBS News:
WASHINGTON — Before dawn at the White House Friday, with President Trump inside the residence, a silent night suddenly roared toward daybreak. Adog, alarmed by a would-be intruder, rushed the target, part of the first-ever live security drill on White House grounds. The goal is to find problem areas.
In his first network news interview, Secret Service Director Randolph “Tex” Alles told CBS News that agents need to simulate real-time scenarios.
“You fight like you train,” Alles said. “Then you need to train like you fight. We’re trying to provide realistic training that would be similar to what would happen if there’s an emergency on the White House grounds.”
There was an emergency in Sept. 2014, when, with a knife in his back pocket, raced across the North Lawn and into the residence.
Gonzalez, an Army veteran, suffered from mental illness, like many fence jumpers apprehended by the Secret Service.
“You have to admire the restraint of the officers,” said Alles. “The last thing we want to do is have to use lethal force, but they’re well-prepared to do it on the grounds, I’ll just say that.”
Alles said his agency has been able to reduce fence-jumpers by adding bike racks along the fence line, but it’s a different kind of threat that……..
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