Newcastle officers go through shooter training

August 5, 2010

By Staff

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Five Newcastle Police officers went through a four-day, 40-hour intensive training course in July. The course trained officers to handle any situation in which an active shooter is involved, such as in a school shooting.

The team-oriented training was a scenario-based course, covering active shooter situations in their entirety, ending at the point where officers turn the situation over to tactical units.

“I think it’s extremely beneficial training,” Police Chief Melinda Irvine said. “You can put four officers together and they instantly know how they’re going to work together as a team.”

She added that it could take as long as an hour for a tactical unit — such as the SWAT team — to arrive at the scene.

Officers Elizabeth Druin, Jerry Gilley, Scott Yamamoto, Gavin Anderson and Ryan Olmsted attended the workshop. Officer Steve Kajigiro will attend the workshop this month.

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