October 7 2015

Police Engage in Active Shooter Training

By: Rich Hosford

Members of the Burlington Police Department recently engaged in training for a situation that has become all-too-common in the United States. 

Chief Michael Kent said in a release that four officers from the department recently completed an Active Shooter Threat Training Program (ASTTP). 

Sgt. Timothy Kirchner, Officer Matthew Creamer, Officer Ryan Griffin and Officer Christopher DiDonato traveled to Charleston, S.C. for three days of active shooter training and a day of tactical medical training from Sept. 21-24.


The course is offered through the Federal Law Enforcement Training Centers and is designed to provide officers with the knowledge and skills to successfully and safely handle an active threat incident through hands-on training, the release states. 


ASTTP utilizes dynamic, interactive drills and scenario-based training that covers a variety of tactical subject matters, including individual and team movement and operational formation. 


"Given the current state of affairs in our nation, it is imperative that we provide our officers with these vital skills to protect the community and themselves if an active shooter situation were to occur," Chief Kent said.


Members of the department also participated in an active shooter training drill at the Burlington Mall this past Sunday night. 

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