In January 2013, the Investigative Assistance for Violent Crimes Act of 2012 was signed into law.
It gave Federal Law Enforcement Agencies the authority to assist in violent acts and shootings in public places and in mass or attempted mass killings.
As a result of the recent horrific and violent shooting incidents in Aurora, CO and Newtown CT, the White House developed a new training initiative, which called for the Director of the FBI to implement a nation-wide "active shooter" training program to assist all law enforcement agencies across the country.
Today, the FBI El Paso Division hosted the first Public Safety Tabletop Exercise (TTX) developed under this initiative.
The TTX was designed to increase the collaboration and coordination among the area's Local, Tribal, Federal, State and Law Enforcement partners in the planning and preparation for the unlikely active shooter incident.
The event was attended by 26 local, State, Tribal and federal law enforcement agencies from West Texas as well as the fire department and other emergency/public safety agencies.