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Police officers participate in tactical training scenarios

ORISKANY, N.Y.--The State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany is constantly changing their exercises to keep up with trends in crime and technology.

Posted: May 17, 2018 11:38 PM

ORISKANY, N.Y.--The State Preparedness Training Center in Oriskany is constantly changing their exercises to keep up with trends in crime and technology.

After several days of learning new law enforcement techniques, police officers from around New York state were given the chance to put their new skills to the test in a tactical training session.

On Thursday, the officers went through four different scenarios, ranging from terrorism to warrant execution. The center's facility mirrored a town, where cars, firearms and other law enforcement gear can be used to carry out resolutions to the scenarios.

"We can fill that entire facility with training smoke, shut all the doors, turn off all the lights and we can do a completely dark training event," Bob Stallman, the center's assistant director said. 

The goal was to make each scenario as realistic as possible.

"We can sit around the table and talk about these types of situations all the time, but to get actually out here and be able to go through the motions and build up muscle memory of how we're going to move through it," Rome Police detective Jeffrey Lanigan said.

Working with officers from other agencies helped local law enforcement personnel build a rapport for future, real-life incidents.

"We're forming those bonds here in the training area, as opposed to being called in on an incident and then having to work through  who's got the the turf war, so to speak," Mark Liddy, a Rome Police lieutenant said.

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