WNY police officers prepare for active shooters

Posted at 2:10 PM, Jan 15, 2016
and last updated 2016-01-15 14:10:06-05

Active shooter situations are on the rise and local law enforcement are taking notice.

Friday, 350 officers from all over Western New York met at Erie County Community College to discuss and overview how these situations are handled.

"The reason we are doing this is to make sure we are best positioned to be ready in the event that something were to happen," FBI special agent Adam Cohen explained.

Cohen and his fellow law enforcement at the symposium say these shooters have gotten smarter and more resourceful, making training like this incredibly important.

"You can never be prepared enough for an active shooter situation," ECC Vice President of Safety and Security Tracy Gast said.

Gast's colleague Richard Chamberlin echoed that, saying the Columbine High School shooting really opened eyes.

"When I first started, no active shooter situation training had started. When Columbine happened, what happened was it turned police tactics upside down and everything changed."

Officers say this is all about knowing how to respond in a split second and what they can do best to keep the community safe.

"This absolutely makes Buffalo a safer place."

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