GREENWOOD< Ind. - The Greenwood Park Mall was transformed Sunday night into an anti-terrorist training ground.
Organized by the FBI, Sunday's exercise was a "capstone" session, meaning it was larger and more complex than other training scenarios.
"If we focus a very large-scale exercise like this, imagine what we can do on a smaller scale," said Indiana State Police Superintendent Doug Carter.
Agencies across the U.S. are carrying out similar terrorist attack exercises to prepare for situations like an active shooter in a crowded mall.
"It's a huge issue, and it's one of the reasons why we have a venue like this," said Jay Abbott, a spokesman for the FBI. "It's an opportunity for all of us to share our resources in the event something bad where to happen to a lot of good people."
The FBI partnered with state agencies and local police, fire and EMS for the "Complex Mall Attack" scenario.
"I think after 9/11 and Katrina, we've learned communication is important in deploying resources and avoiding duplication of effort," said IMPD Chief Rick Hite.
Officials said if a complex terrorist attack were to happen, the skills gained at the training event could save lives.
New initiative targets crimes by mentally ill
The Department of Public Safety launched a brand new initiative Tuesday to deal with the problems of the mentally ill.
Slain teen's guidance counselor speaks out
For the first time since police announced an arrest in Dominique Allen's killing, her school counselor opened up about their last experiences…
Indianapolis rally protests Ferguson decision
About 150 protesters gathered on Monument Circle in Indianapolis for a demonstration in memory of Michael Brown, the Ferguson, Missouri,…
Detective aims to fight crime by creating jobs
A third-generation homicide detective is closer to his goal of opening new mobile education and jobs training centers for at risk youth and adults.
Food pantries rely on donations to feed Hoosiers
Hoosiers in urgent need of food during the holiday often rely on food pantries to get by and those pantries are relying on donations to make…
US 31 reopens near Indianapolis after 8 months
A stretch of U.S. 31 through the northern suburbs of Indianapolis reopened to traffic Tuesday after being closed since April.