Coast Guard exercise to result in traffic, increased police presence

Coast Guard Training Center Cape May NewsCAPE MAY, N.J. – Local, state and federal law enforcement and emergency management agencies will hold a full-scale law enforcement exercise May 31, 2012, from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. at Training Center Cape May.

The exercise will result in road closures, areas of high traffic, and an increased presence of law enforcement and emergency response personnel in the vicinity of Coast Guard Training Center Cape May. There will also be several times throughout the day that residents may hear gun shots or explosions coming from exercise areas on base. This exercise is aimed at improving the crew’s response to an unprovoked aggressor aboard the training center.

Residents should expect to see dozens of law enforcement and emergency response vehicles and may see hundreds of players throughout the day May 31. Emergency vehicles may have activated sirens and lights while en route to the exercise area. In order to create a realistic training environment, law enforcement personnel will be firing blank rounds of ammunition and using non-lethal explosives in designated areas on base during the exercise. Also, residents may hear screams from exercise actors and emergency announcements over the training center’s audio system.

Traffic will be impacted in several areas near the training center. Pennsylvania Avenue access between Brooklyn Avenue and Training Center Cape May’s Main Gate will be limited to residential and essential traffic May 31 beginning at approximately 8:30 a.m. Delaware Avenue will serve as the alternate route for Pennsylvania Avenue. Residents will be asked to limit traffic as much as possible on Pennsylvania Avenue and utilize Delaware Avenue whenever possible during the exercise.

Wilmington Ave and sections of Pennsylvania and Delaware Ave near Wilmington Ave will see a large concentration of emergency and law enforcement vehicles waiting to enter the exercise area. Chicago Avenue will also be used as a staging area from approximately 8 a.m. to 4 p.m.

The Main Gate to Training Center Cape May on Pennsylvania Avenue will be closed May 31 from 8:30 a.m. to 3 p.m. All routine base traffic will be routed to the secondary, or “north,” gate on Delaware Avenue beginning as early as 9 a.m. Normal traffic patterns in the vicinity of Training Center Cape May will resume at approximately 4 p.m.

Military and law enforcement personnel will have strict safety and oversight procedures in place to ensure the exercise runs safely and smoothly. If residents have non-emergency questions or concerns related to the exercise, please contact the Training Center Cape May public affairs officer at (609) 898-6362.

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