Port security tops Landrieu visit

POSTED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 5:04pm

UPDATED: Friday, July 27, 2012 - 5:44pm

It's business as usual along the Port of Baton Rouge Friday and that's just the way Joint Task Force 7 likes it to be; every day without an attack on the vital economic center is a victory.

"We don't know if that will happen, we hope that it won't," said Senator Mary Landrieu Friday. "But we need to be prepared in the event that it does."

The Joint Task Force 7 is made up of sheriff's offices from the seven parish capital region. They met Friday to discuss plans and how the collaboration can work.

"We have to work together," said Pointe Coupee Sheriff Bud Torres. "If ever there is a time to work together, come together, it is now."

Senator Landrieu said the Department of Homeland Security has recognized the JTF7 as one of the best collaborations in the nation to not only protect against terrorist attacks, but also for coordinated response, should an attack happen. She said the proof is a $5 million dollar grant award from Homeland Security.

"This is exactly what the federal government wants our local law enforcement to do," Landrieu said. "Come together jointly in coordination with the private sector."

Officials said private sector involvement will be critical to the vigilance needed to protect the port, and the entire river.

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