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Albany asst. police chief attends residential meeting

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By: Meagan Farley

ALBANY, N.Y. -- Emotions ran high Monday night and it was standing room only at the Arbor Hill Library during a regularly scheduled neighborhood association meeting.

Many in attendance wanted to address police about the tactical training drill last week that they say they weren't properly warned about.

"It is inappropriate anywhere and it left our kids traumatized," said Ida Yarbrough resident Lauren Manning.

"I think there was a lack of communication and when that happens there is a chance it will go off in a negative light," said Assistant Albany Police Chief Brendan Cox.

Cox listened to concern after concern from people wondering why police did the training so close to apartments still occupied and why many weren't given a heads up.

"The police and housing authority have admitted they made a mistake and I don't know how many times they have to do this type of training but what happened March 21st was not done correctly," said Common Council member Carolyn McLaughlin, who represents the area.

And though the meeting Monday heated at times, most said they were thankful Albany police made an appearance.

"Their presence tells us that we do matter," said McLaughlin.

Again police stressed Monday night that they will review they policies for future training exercises, but that the training will continue because it saves lives.

The Albany Housing Authority said there will be no more training drills held at Ida Yarbrough.

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