This is the rather surreal notice that we found taped to our front door when we got home this evening.

will be conducted on Thursday, May 22, 2003
in your neighborhood

The Mountain View and Palo Alto Police Department’s [sic] will be conducting training in your area during the afternoon of May 22nd. Officers will be scouting the area and will be assessing a home for its layout and floor plan. This training is intended to develop and reinforce the SWAT team’s ability to make diagrams and tactical plans for residential buildings.

The home that will be used in your neighborhood is being used with the permission of the resident. Their activity should not disturb you, and their presence will be limited to about one hour between Noon and 4 p.m.

The officers may utilize tactical movements, and they may be crouching, running, hiding, or using other methods in order to find positions near the residence that aid in their concealment. A team of about 5 officers will be conducting the training. Officers will not be using weapons during the training, but they will be dressed in green camouflage utility uniforms.

We request the officers involved in the training not be contacted unless you require their assistance for an emergency. In the event you have questions or concerns, please feel free to contact Mountain View Police Lieutenant Max Bosel at (650) 903-6377.

In the event you see other suspicious activity, or would like to verify that activity is related to the police training, you can contact the Mountain View Emergency Communications Center at (650) 903-6395.

Thank you in advance for your support and cooperation.

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