The Orange County Sheriff's Office takes part in regional drills that prepare police agencies here to work together in scenarios just like the one in Boston Friday. We saw the relentless coordinated effort to capture the terrorists suspect all day.
Federal, state and local police spent Friday working together, going door to door trying to catch the terrorist suspect. It is the kind of scenario Central Florida police train together for.
Orange County Sheriff Jerry Demings says his deputies train with other local police, the Highway Patrol and FDLE as part of the Central Florida Regional Domestic Security Task Force.
Sheriff Demings says, "There's no substitute for training or experience. If you have ever lived through or managed a critical incident, you are going to pick up some experience that will assist you in better responding in the future."
The task force was created after September 11th. Local agencies take part in intense drills at least twice a year to simulate terrorist attacks, natural disasters and other dangerous scenarios. Local police have technology now to communicate on the same channel, so they can hear what other agencies are doing during a response like the one in Boston.
Demings says, "We now have common public safety radio common channels so that regardless of what agency is responding, we can all go to a mutual radio channel and communicate with one another to assist us and coordinate that response."
FDLE tells us past task force drills have been held at the Citrus Bowl, Orlando's theme parks, the airport in Daytona Beach and at Port Canaveral. Sheriff Demings says the regional task force and the drills are critical to prepare for the worst.
He says, "The more real they are, the more we are apt to respond how we have trained."
Demings says Orlando area police will study the response of agencies in Boston to see what they can learn from this week's tragedy up North.
There are seven regional domestic security task forces in Florida- that is one for each FDLE jurisdiction in Florida.