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Police continue to train for active shooter situations

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MERIDEN, CT (WFSB) -

On Wednesday, the world watched the aftermath of yet another mass shooting.

In Connecticut, law enforcement agents knew they needed to pay attention to what happened in San Bernardino, Ca. in case there is a lesson that can be learned.

“We're grieving like the rest of the world is,” said Fairfield Police Chief Gary MacNamara. “But at the same time, we're doing our job and our job is to prepare and prevent it from happening here.”

The images of Wednesday’s shooting in California are a grim reminder of why police have changed the way they train.

“We've seen it in the past in the state of Connecticut instances where there's been active shooters,” MacNamara said. “All of law enforcement trains for these situations we prepare for them our officers are trained to take quick action.”

Local police training mirrors what state investigators are taught.

Connecticut State Police Lt. Robert Palmer said his trainees spend at least 16 hours learning the basics of active shooter responses because it is happening everywhere.

“We've seen active shooter situations in malls, businesses, schools and we have to confront the reality that it could occur at any time,” Palmer said.

In an active shooter situation, both state and local investigators focus on neutralizing the threat immediately.

Not long ago, the first step was isolating the threat, but times change, and now everyone must be more alert.

“Because it's unpredictable, we have to have long tentacles we have to enforce the laws we have to send a message of prevention. We have to have the resources in law enforcement to address it. We have to inform the community to be aware,” MacNamara said.

On Black Friday, Connecticut saw 1,037 firearm background checks ordered, compared to fewer than 900 on Black Friday in 2014 and 2013.

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