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Several Area Agencies Train in School Shooting Scenarios

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Local law enforcement agencies are working together to train themselves during a simulated shooting incident at a school.

The training happened Monday at a school in this area, but we were asked by Reno Police to not name the school mainly due to safety reasons.

They say they started working on these drills after seeing different incidents nationally in recent years.

"We train in this several times a year. We just went through a training that was provided to all our department members, which involves active shooter response. The training is one of three we will have this year. This is I think the second one," says Lt. Scott Dugan.

The training includes a scenario involving a shooting and a hostage threat at the school.

SWAT and hostage negotiators from the Reno Police Department - and the Washoe County Sheriff's Office, along with REMSA and the Consolidated Bomb Squad also took part.

Members of the Reno Police Explorers Program are playing different roles in the training.

Police say this gives them a chance to look at their strengths and weaknesses in responding to critical indidents.

"Obviously, it's a very chaotic situation, and it requires coordination and control and if you train in advance on how to kind of coordinate your resources and responding to that type of incident. The liklihood of your success in a future realistic or real life scenario is that much better," says Lt. Dugan.

Coming up tonight at 11, we'll have more on this learning experience for the next generation of police officers.

Written by Adam Varahachaikol

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