A crisis can happen at any time. As a result, the Cheektowaga Police said it's crucial to make sure they're ready for a shooter in any scenario. On Saturday they held an active shooter drill at Maryvale High School.
“We've done research and found that active shooters in the workplace as well as schools is increasing every year so it's incumbent on us to train and be prepared” said Captain Jim Speyer of the Cheektowaga Police Department.
The drill began around 12:30 Saturday afternoon. A frantic call went out to dispatch telling them a shooter was in the building. Police in the scenario responded immediately. Their goal was to find the shooter and stop them. Police said they’ve done active shooter drills in the past, but this year they added a new element to it.
“We've been able to train effectively in how to deal with the active shooter. The question is then what do you do once you have that shooter in custody or neutralized” said Captain Speyer.
Authorities said the drill is good practice for the police and students just in case the drill ever became a reality.
On average, police said it takes about 5 to 10 minutes for a gunman to enter a building and carry out their attack. If you find yourself in that situation, Police warn that it's important for people not to stand in shock.
“If they can, get out of the area quickly and safely. If not, if somebody's right on top of them we'd tell them to lock themselves in a room, barricade the door and hide themselves. If for some reason that doesn't work and they’re faced with an active shooter then we tell them to fight” said Captain Speyer.
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