ALBANY, N.Y. – A recent Albany Police Department training exercise has upset some Albany residents, prompting an apology from the department.
On Thursday, March 21, Albany PD held training exercises in the Ida Yarborough townhomes. According to Chief Krokoff, it was held in a section of the complex that was believed to be unoccupied and scheduled for imminent demolition.
The training consisted of hostage rescue scenarios involving simulated ammunition and injuries. According to the chief, officers went door to door in the evenings prior to the training to notify residents; but it appears that many did not receive proper notification.
"In light of the ever-increasing threats to communities across the nation, I have directed our department to provide the most up-to-date training in a manner that is as realistic as possible. I certainly did not mean to offend the very people that we are training to protect. In retrospect, it was insensitive to conduct this type of training in the vicinity of occupied residences. We will review how we conduct our neighborhood-based training in the future and include the community in evaluating its appropriateness," said Chief Krokoff.
Krokoff says similar training has taken place in various unoccupied facilities across the city and region.