Bioincident Response Investigation Training and Evaluation (BRITE)
The Cubic Global Defense Southeast Asia Team recently supported the U.S. Defense Threat Reduction Agency’s Cooperative Biological Engagement Program (CBEP) in conducting the Bioincident Response Investigation Training and Evaluation (BRITE) workshop in Penang, Malaysia on March 6-10, 2017.
BRITE was co-organized by CBEP and the Malaysia Ministry of Defence Science Technology Research Institute for Defence (STRIDE), and in collaboration with the U.S. Federal Bureau of Investigation (FBI), U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC), Malaysia Ministry of Health (MOH), Malaysia Department of Veterinary Services, and Royal Malaysia Police (RMP).
Designed for law enforcement and public health professionals who would play an active role in a joint criminal and epidemiological investigation, BRITE familiarized participants with the structures, resources, and guidance for joint investigations through lectures, breakout group activities, exercises, and demonstrations on how to approach a bioincident. The intent of the workshop was to train Malaysian stakeholders on a joint bioincident response and investigation program, and produce a cohort of Malaysian trainers capable of delivering subsequent joint bioincident response investigation training to future trainers. Representatives from the RMP, the Malaysia MOH, the Malaysia Ministry of Agriculture and Agro-based industry, Malaysia Ministry of Defense, the Malaysia Fire and Rescue Department, the Malaysia National Security Council, and the Malaysia National Disaster Management Agency attended the event.
The joint health and law enforcement training provided by BRITE strengthened cross-sector ties across the Government of Malaysia, ensuring that response entities can act quickly when a bioincident occurs. BRITE training also supported the Government of Malaysia’s efforts to meet its nonproliferation obligations under the Biological Weapons Convention, for which Malaysia also has currently pending biosecurity legislation.
This workshop was designed for law enforcement and public health professionals who would play an active role in a joint criminal and epidemiological investigation. The workshop was created to familiarize structures, resources, and guidance for joint investigations through lectures, breakout group activities, exercises, and demonstrations on how to approach the scene of a bioincident. The intent of the workshop was to train Malaysian stakeholders on a joint bioincident response and investigation program, and produce a cohort of Malaysian trainers, capable of delivering subsequent joint bioincident response investigation training to future iterations of trainers.
Workshop facilitators and trainers designed a dynamic and interactive curriculum to achieve pre-determined event objectives. Throughout the workshop, trainers delivered and facilitated lecture sessions, crime scene practicals, case studies and teach-back and evaluation sessions. The primary training goal of workshop activities was to enhance multi-sectoral effectiveness in concurrent investigations in response to a threat or attack involving possible biological weapons.
The facilitators and trainers achieved the intended workshop objectives, specifically they:
- Provided an overview of joint criminal and epidemiological investigative procedures and methodologies used in response to a Bioincident.
- Defined both law enforcement and public health basics for respective personnel.
- Provided guidelines for bioincident response in Malaysia.
- Defined Public Health (PH) and Law Enforcement (LE) triggers for notification of a potential biological incident.
- Outlined the process for evaluating a potential biological threat through a joint threat assessment.
- Provided importance and defined mechanisms for operational risk communications and information sharing between public health and law enforcement personnel during a Bioincident.
- Provided hands-on trainings for evidence collection, field screening, crime scene reconnaissance, and hazardous evidence collection procedures used during joint bioincident investigations.
- Produced the first cohort of national trainers to deliver the next iteration of a joint bioincident response investigation training and evaluation program in Malaysia.
For more information about BRITE, contact Katie Leahy at Catharine.Leahy@cubic.com.