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Albany police chief issues an apology to some city residents

Posted at: 03/24/2013 2:43 PM
Updated at: 03/24/2013 3:11 PM
By: Cadence Acquaviva

Albany Police Chief Krokoff is apologizing to some city residents after they were disrupted by a police training exercise.

Members of the Albany Police Department were taking part in a training exercise in the Ida Yarborough Townhomes, Thursday. Police say the training took place in a section of the complex believed to be vacant and scheduled for demolition.

The training consisted of hostage rescue scenarios with simulated ammunition. Police say that although they went door to door the evening before in an attempt to notify nearby residents, some of the residents were not informed.

Chief Krokoff issued this statement, "I certainly didn't mean to offend the very people that we are training to protect. In retrospect, it was insensitive to conduct this type of training in the vicinity of occupied residences."

Krokoff also says he plans on reviewing how neighborhood-based training is conducted and will take measures to include the community in evaluating what is appropriate.