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APD Officers Conduct Training Drill

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October 15, 2008

ALBANY, GA (WALB) - Police officers swarmed downtown Albany Wednesday night, to practice what they would do if a shooter were on the loose.

Albany Police officers were going through phase two of their rapid deployment training.  It helps them prepare to deal with an active shooter.

Lt. Gregory Elder says the department's goal is to have every sworn officer in the city trained, to ensure the community is safe in the event of an emergency.

"They're given a scenario, and they are actually supposed to respond as if it were a live incident. Once they get inside the building, they use tactics that they've been trained on in the classroom, to combat a person with the mindset to be an active shooter," said Lt. Gregory Elder of the Albany Police Department.

Almost half of the officers in the department went through training during the first phase of the sessions.

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