Students are on break, but class was in session for seven police agencies Friday at Morrisville State College. The subject matter: survival. Three dozen police officers took part in active shooter training at the college, complete with staged victims, fake blood, frightened students and first responders.
"They're working together to make sure it goes as smoothly as possible because you have to expect the unexpected. They're doing room clearing. They're doing door breaching," said Morrisville State College Chief of Police, Enrico D'Alessandro.
The point is for officers who don't normally work together or at the Morrisville Campus, to become familiar with one another and the campus.
"We started annually. We'll be going to probably bi-annually, if not more," said D'Alessandro.
University Police Officer Tyler Morgan has done such exercises before. His heart barely races anymore.
"When you're getting ready to. But once you get in there, it just goes. The more training you have, the more prepared and kind of easier it is," said Morgan, illustrating the point of such drills: repetition, which leads to famiiarity, which, in turn, leads to confidence. Students and faculty at Morrisville State get their own, civilian version of active shooter training.
"We actually do active shooter training in the classrooms, with the students, with faculty and staff," said D'Alessandro.