‘Tactical Week’ at the State Readiness Training Center | WUTR/WFXV

ORISKANY, NY (WUTR/WFXV/WPNY) – After the recent mass shootings in Buffalo and Uvalde, Texas, it’s clear how essential tactical training is for law enforcement professionals across the country. .

One way to ensure officers are prepared for any scenario is to train through programs like Tactical Week here at the State Preparedness Training Center.

“They work on those situations during training, and then they’re better prepared when events happen in their own jurisdiction,” said Meghan Dudley of NYS Division of Homeland Security and Emergency Services.

Today’s exercise focused on two different hostage situations and allowed officers to learn how to quickly and successfully rescue victims from a building controlled by an armed suspect.

I spoke with Detective Ben Pisa from the Erie County Sheriff’s Office — a partner agency of the Buffalo Police Department’s SWAT team — the agency that responded to the recent Topps shooting.

“It’s also our community, being in Erie County – it can happen without warning, anywhere,” Detective Pisa said, “That’s why we’re here – that’s why we train as hard as we do to make sure that if it happens, we are ready to respond.

And officers from Utica were also present.

Capt. James Holt of the Utica Police Department explains how Metro SWAT team members will benefit from this experience.

“I brought six guys, six operators from the Metro SWAT team,” Capt. Holt said, “I brought the younger guys here to get some good training.

He continued, “One thing I love about this whole initiative here is that we can see what teams across the state are doing.”

And this week-long training exercise is also a contest, with the winner being chosen at the end of the week, so be sure to check cnyhomepage.com for the results or follow me on Twitter – @shelbypaymedia.

Milton S. Rodgers