HARLINGEN – A lot of commotion, and an outpouring of law enforcement stirred up some panicked faces at a Cameron County mall. Police officers from Harlingen, San Benito, Brownsville and Cameron county sheriffs deputies joined forces at Valle Vista Mall Sunday morning for a training exercise.

Responding to weapons and explosives and even saving fellow comrades.

“We need to prepare them for the high occupational stress something like this poses,” says David Osborne, Harlingen police dept.

“It’s great that we are all working together,” adds Sgt. Felix Sauceda, Brownsville police dept.

They add that these exercises aren’t meant to create panic but to keep local authorities on the cusp of protecting the valley.