On Wednesday, the Transportation Security Administration (TSA), along with Federal, State and local agencies, conducted a scheduled security exercise designed to increase security in the Kentucky-Ohio-West Virginia area.
“The participating teams are composed of a variety of TSA assets including federal air marshals, canine teams, inspectors and bomb appraisal officers. They will be joined by state and local law enforcement officials to supplement existing resources, provide detection and response capabilities,” read an article on The Marietta Times’ website.
“The exercise not only enhances security throughout the region; it gives TSA and our security partners the opportunity to work cooperatively,” TSA Columbus Federal Security Director Donald Barker told the paper. “This work increases our preparedness to respond in case of an emergency.”
It remains unclear as to whether the exercises represent an ability of the TSA to Federalize local law enforcement.