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NYS Park Police - Active Shooter Training at SPAC

Wednesday, April 11, 2018

Despite their increased frequency across the world, mass shootings are still relatively new for police officers in terms of response.

"They go in as fast, as many shots as they can fire, that is their goal," said Lieutenant Donald Benware, a veteran with the New York State Park Police. "They don’t have a political gain or they don’t have any mission other than to kill people." 

Before mass-casualty events like the Parkland, Fla., school shooting became more commonplace, Benware says officers were trained to treat hostage situations and other armed threats conservatively. “Going back 10, 15 or 20 years, the methodology really was to hold the situation, contain it, maybe get a negotiator in there, wait for backup and defuse the situation," said Benware, who’s based at the Saratoga Spa State Park. As seen in this week's active shooter training at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center (SPAC), Benware and other police leaders acknowledge tactics have clearly changed.

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