Police from nearly two dozen local and state departments invaded an abandoned school in Groton on Friday, for active-shooter situation training.
On Friday, two dozen officers from 22 towns and cities across southeast Connecticut spent the morning aggressively searching for a gunman and recovering any victims during a training session.
"We're here to save lives by ending the threat, number one, and we're here to save lives by getting the victim out," said Waterford Police Lt. David Burton.
The active shooter training exercise is part of the police officers eight hour recertification process.
On Friday, officers were trained to immediately neutralize a threat, rather than wait for a tactical unit to arrive and find the threat in a building, like what happened in Paris.
"The bad guy is usually done within a minute or so, as soon as she or he hears a siren it’s pretty much over. With this group, we teach --you hear something, you go for the incident, you go for the bad guy,” said Stephen Rebelowski, of the Law Enforcement Council of Connecticut.
More than 700 officers and their supervisors will take the course, like Cpl. Stan Parizo Jr., of the Willimantic Police Department.
"It's important because it’s the world we live in now. No one agency is going to be able to handle an aggressor, so it has to come in from community resources, which is mutual aid assignments,” Parizo Jr. said.
Everyone is trained the same, so that if a call for an active shooter does come, officers will know what to do because they have already worked together.
Police officers, as well as administrators, have to be certified every year. They do this kind of training every month.
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