Santa Monica News
Training Excercise Leads To Police Response
By Ivetta Babadjanian
Mar 25, 2013 - 1:10:36 PM

SANTA MONICA—A fake suspicious package was left on a Santa Monica Big Blue Bus from a security training exercise that took place over the weekend which led to a police response on Monday, March 25.
Photo courtesy of Big Blue Bus.

A passenger had pointed out a suspicious package under one of the seats causing the driver to notify the police. LAPD flagged down the driver of a Big Blue Bus near Centinela Avenue and Culver Boulevard after the device was found around 8:18 a.m.

Police evacuated nearby businesses and called the bomb squad before a city official informed police of the training exercise that was held by Santa Monica Transit in the same location.

The weekend training exercise involved buses from Santa Monica, Torrance, Culver City and Montebello as a part of a Roadeo competition. The event was to assess bus drivers' skills such as diligence in performing a pre-trip inspection of their bus and identifying suspicious items.

A total of four Big Blue Buses were involved in the Roadeo and two of the fake packages, described as black duffle bags, were not removed before the buses continued their normal routes on Monday.

The area was temporarily closed to traffic, but has since been reopened.

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