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Preparing for the worst case: Manchester officers train for active shooter

Posted on Thursday, February 14, 2013 at 2:47 pm

Should the next Newtown happen in Manchester, local officials are training hard to make sure they are ready.

The Manchester Police Department logged extra hours Tuesday and Wednesday night at Westwood Middle School to train for an active-shooter scenario should that situation ever present itself here.

Manchester police officers Kenny Sullivan, Jonathan Anthony, Keith Hendrix and Alberto Garza, pictured from left, run down the hall of Westwood Middle School during an active-shooter training scenario Tuesday night. (Staff photo by John Coffelt)

Chief Mark Yother recognizes the public concern about school security.

“We want the public to know that we’re taking this very seriously,” Yother said.

He said that this is part of the department’s security preparedness, in addition to a stronger police visibility on campuses.

Tuesday and Wednesday officers spent hours after classes at Westwood training under the direction of assitant chief Adam Floid to hone the skills that they have learned in training and their time on the force.             

In an active shooter situation, it is all about working as a team.

Point man, left-flank, right flank, rear guard are key positions that must be covered…

Read the complete feature story in next week’s (Feb. 20) print edition of the Manchester Times. (Click here to subscribe to the print and/or online edition of the Manchester Times.)