BALI, Indonesia – Police in Bali conducted a simulated security threat Thursday (February 28th), complete with motorcycle officers zigzagging through a VIP motorcade to trigger evasive driving techniques, as part of preparations for the Asia-Pacific Economic Co-operation (APEC) Summit, local media reported.
Antara reported that the exercise also involved rescuing the heads of states or ministerial-level officials via "escape manoeuvres" and "VIP escapes" from Ngurah Rai Airport to West Nusa Tenggara.
In the simulation, one official on the way to Nusa Dua became the target of a bomb threat, causing police to launch evacuation efforts.
Representatives from 23 countries will attend the event, to be held in October. The Jakarta Post quoted Bali Police chief Arif Wachyunadi as saying his force is working to ensure it has the capabilities needed to safeguard the summit.
"A meeting is now under way at the National Police headquarters. Our representatives from the Bali Police attending the meeting conveyed what we need to prepare for the event," he said. "Our personnel have been well trained and our weapons have been well prepared."