Cops scale Brooklyn Bridge in emergency exercise

Cops scale Brooklyn Bridge in emergency exercise

Officers with the Police Department’s Special Operations Unit scaled the Brooklyn Bridge as part of a training exercise Friday.

The Police Department’s Emergency Services Unit traversed the iconic span’s main cable to the tower on the Manhattan side of the bridge beginning at 11 am.

The city’s top cops were secured by harnesses to the bridge, but nonetheless found the tactical maneuver a daunting task.

“It’s so scary,” said one steely eyed trooper as he descended the cable onto the bridge’s pedestrian walkway.

That officer’s squad mate was more enthusiastic.

“It was awesome,” said the cop.

Three to four police choppers circled overhead during the exercise, while tourists and passersby stopped to watch the spectacle.

The training exercise prepares police for bridge-based operations, including rescue operations and responding to potential bomb threats, according to a spokeswoman for the police department.

Reach reporter Kevin Duggan at (718) 260–2511 or by e-mail at kdugg[email protected]hnepsmedia.com. Follow him on Twitter @kduggan16.

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