About two dozen members of two Hudson Valley police departments participated in active shooter response training drills this week. The drills were held at Austin Road Elementary School—which was empty because of winter recess—in Mahopac Monday and Tuesday.
Officials said the department hosts these types of exercises about once every two years. The goal is to provide officers with the skills necessary to respond to a situation involving "an active killer" in a school, workplace or any other large venue; quickly take control and "stop the deadly behavior," said Ernie Iarussi, the Carmel officer organizing the drill.
Carmel and Kent cops rotated through roles—officer, shooter, victim—during the practice. It involved dialogue and simunition, a type of ammunition designed for training purposes.