Estonian Police and Defence League holding joint exercise to practice facility defense from armed attack
The Estonian Police and Border Guard Board (PPA) and Defence League are holding a joint exercise wherein they practice defending a facility at the tip of Pakri Peninsula in Paldiski, on Estonia’s northern coast, from an armed attack.
According to Rainer Koor, director of the Crisis Management Bureau of the PPA’s North Prefecture, the joint exercise will play through taking a building of national importance under fortified protection and responding to the attack.
“We will also practice conducting a search of the landscape as well as the capture of armed culprits, in cooperation with other authorities, in a time-sensitive critical situation which could lead to the development of a hostage crisis as well,” added Koor.
The PPA-Defence League’s joint “Raccoon Dog” exercise ties in with Saturday’s “Wolf 2016” exercise of the Defence League’s North District, which is also to take place in Paldiski. The latter exercise will involve public defense and battle companies practicing defense battle and delaying actions in the framework of a battalion.
The stretch of road leading to the northern end of Pakri Peninsula was closed at 11:30 a.m. today, and is scheduled to remain closed through 5 p.m. Police have also requested anyone moving in the area to avoid the area surrounding Pakri Lighthouse altogether.
The exercise was to utilize imitation explosive devices as well as blank cartridges, and police noted that more defence league members and police than usual would be active in the vicinity.
Friday’s joint exercise involved the North District’s rapid response team, the Prison Service Armed Unit, and members from the Tallinn, Harju, and Rapla Sub-Units of the Estonian Defence League.
The Defence League and the PPA arrange similar exercises annually in order to strengthen cooperation and exchange of information between different authorities in a crisis situation.