Week-long drill at SPAC has police confront active shooter

April 10, 2018 02:33 PM

SARATOGA SPRINGS - Day two of police training at SPAC was being held Tuesday. As NewsChannel 13 reported on Monday, the active shooter training is going on all week.

New York State Park Police, New York State Police, Saratoga Springs Police Department and the Saratoga County Sheriff's Department are all participating.

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In Tuesday's scenario, law enforcement enter a side door at SPAC as they prepare to engage with the suspect. As they move down the hall, shots are fired until the target is taken out.

They use simulation rounds of ammunition. The cops don't know when the attack could happen.

"A lot of scenarios are right from the headlines," said Lt. Shane Crooks with the Saratoga Springs Police Department. "We look at different incidents that happen around the country, around the world – actually. We try to take those and fit them into a situation with the area that we have."

"It happens everywhere and people prepare for this all around the country. This is our home, our responsibility and that's why we're choosing this location, this venue," said Lt. Donald Benware with the New York State Parks Police.

"Any place where you have a large gathering increases your risk of an attack," added Crooks.

Of course, crowds that always come to SPAC have the eyes and ears to see if something seems out of place and report it. So remember, "If you see something, say something!"


WNYT Staff

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