(04/09/14) - Several officers were in training Wednesday morning when they got
the news about another school tragedy.
"It can happen anywhere in our communities," said Pat Darrow, with the Michigan State Police.
That's why every law enforcement officer in Saginaw County who is required to carry a gun will be going back to class. It's taking place at the closed Buena Vista High School, which is now owned by the Saginaw Public Schools.
"The Saginaw School system allowed us to use this vacant building so we could bring some realism to the training," said Scott Malace, of the Saginaw Township Police.
The media was not allowed to view the actual drills. Police don't want potential bad guys to see some of the responses they might use during dangerous situations.
"We run through six different scenarios," Malace said.
Malace says those scenarios do not include an attack with a knife, the weapon used in Pennsylvania on Wednesday.
"We are doing more of the mindset of an active shooter, but it doesn't change our tactics any," he said.
Darrow learned of the situation near Pittsburgh during the morning training session.
"All it does to me, is that it drives home the fact that we are doing the right thing, and we are going to keep on doing it," he said.
The goal is to have all Saginaw County officers trained that same way Michigan State Police prepare for active-shooter incidents.
"If you never trained for an event like that, there would be chaos and confusion," Malace said.
While the training is done at a high school building, the drills are intended to develop plans to deal with similar situations at a business, a house, or anywhere violence is taking place.
"If something is going to happen, we are going to be prepared," Darrow said.
The training will continue Thursday and Friday.
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