Police train in active shooter response

Posted at: 02/20/2013 12:20 PM
Updated at: 02/20/2013 3:52 PM
By: Subrina Dhammi

EAST GREENBUSH - Police officers in Rensselaer County prepared for intruders armed with guns Wednesday during Active Shooter Training at Columbia High School.

Armed with pellet guns, and skillfully maneuvering through hallways and stairwells, the training included spontaneous and unpredictable moments, much like the real thing.

While school is on break, police officers used Columbia High School, to train; a school that has experience with this type of incident.

In 2004 a student, Jon Romano, fired three rounds in this school; the third shot hit a teacher who survived the shooting.

Some of the officers training responded to that scene here several years ago, and they're certainly thinking of the horrific scene at Sandy Hook Elementary School two months ago.

So they spent hours Wednesday, first sitting at desks and listening, and then putting on their gear to walk, and run through training, practicing how to shoot while moving, what to do if a suspect is barricaded inside a room, and keeping in mind the whole time that in an emergency situation, they are putting their lives in danger in order to save others.

Police officers in Rensselaer County go over this training once a year.