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Tennessee Gets New Program To Combat Bombs

In a new era of terrorist threats, Tennessee has recently made history with a new program using federal, state and local resources.

Tennessee is the first state to have Operation Tripwire, a set of new tools to help with combating terrorists who use homemade bombs or IEDS (Improvised Explosive Devices).

"America's enemies have become skilled craftsman at bomb making, and that requires America's police to be master craftsmen at bomb defeating," Jim Cavanaugh, ATF Special Agent in Charge, said.

Operation Tripwire is the first program of its kind, a program that offers training and a network for professionals to share up-to-date intelligence information. 

It serves as a partnership with bomb experts on every level of government.

For example, a Metro officer who works with a bomb sniffing robot can learn techniques from the FBI or homeland security.

A joint effort to combine intelligence and resources culminates to combat a common enemy. 

"Every time we can push resources, information, intelligence to state and local officials, we make our country a little bit safer," Tom DiNanno with Homeland Security said.

This program is operating in Los Angeles, but Tennessee is the first state to use Operation Tripwire. 

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