By Carrie Homeland and Hugh Dancy Homeland Security will be holding an emergency drill in the Port of Portland on Saturday.
The drill is a prelude to the new security policy set to come into effect in March 2018.
“The drill will focus on the latest information on potential threats to our community,” said a statement on the Homeland Security website.
“This drill is to assist the Portland Police Bureau in developing and implementing the new community security strategy.
The PDB is in the process of developing and revamping the new policy, and will provide updates as the new administration takes office.”
The policy will be developed in consultation with local authorities, and the city will work with its allies to coordinate with the police.
The Portland Police Department is planning a public information event at 1 p.m. on Saturday at the Portland Community Foundation, 5th and Portland streets.
It is free, but anyone is welcome.
The city’s chief information officer, John Reedy, is also scheduled to speak.
Homeland Security has not issued a public statement about the drill, but officials did say in a news release that it is the department’s “most robust security exercise ever” and that it will include training, drills, simulations and other training.
Homelessness has long been a problem in the Portland area.
Last year, the city experienced its highest homeless count in more than a decade, with more than 200 people sleeping on streets.
The number of homeless people in Portland has remained relatively stable, but there have been numerous incidents in recent years, including a violent attack last month.