Preparing for an active shooter (with photos)

By Perry Russom

August 1, 2013 Updated Aug 1, 2013 at 11:26 PM EDT

Delhi, NY (WBNG Binghamton) Law enforcement from across New York state came together Thursday in Delhi to learn strategies to stop an active shooter.

It's called "Reality-Based Training."

"In this type of event, communication is just huge," said Lt. Michael Mapley, of the University Police Department at SUNY-ESF. "Officers have to talk to each other as they go through. You have to talk to any possible victims as you go through. Just learning the real time action ... it's huge."

The training program was started after the shooting at Columbine High School and readjusted after Sandy Hook. It's conducted 12 times a year.

"It might be possible a single officer will have to respond to the school or wherever the shooter is to deal with it himself," said course instructor Capt. James Small. "Every drill we run down here is one officer, two officers and three officers."

The 24-hour course is spread over three days with time spent in the classroom, a firearm training simulator and live fire obstacle courses.

Officers are told to focus on movement and use of cover.

"These instructors take their time," said Joe Haley, of the Erie County Medical Police. "When you do something wrong, they let you know what you've done wrong. They walk you through it and they make sure you get it before you leave here."

Small said the program is currently looking for federal funding to improve and expand the program.

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