SILVER SPRING, Md. (AP) — Police in Montgomery County are doing a search and rescue exercise this week.

The classroom portion of the exercise will be held Wednesday through Friday at the former Maryland State Police hangar in Colesville. The practical exercise, which may include helicopters, K-9 teams and police search-and-rescue teams, is scheduled for 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Saturday in the Gaithersburg area.

Police say the goal of the exercise is to give officers some practical experience in coordinating and responding to a missing persons search. The department responds to more than 4,000 missing person-related calls each year.

(Copyright 2012 by The Associated Press.  All Rights Reserved.)


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