ALBANY, N.Y. – An Albany Common Council meeting was held Tuesday night to address concerns abut the public training of police.
The meeting was in response to an incident which took place in March 2013 where police used Ida Yarbrough to do tactical training without notifying residents.
Some parents in the area even say the military style operation, with police suited up in tactical gear, was traumatizing for their children to watch. Police Chief Steven Krokoff apologized
immediately afterwards, but the residents have been determined to see it
doesn't happen again.
Shortly following the incident, residents started a petition on change.org, hoping to ban tactical training in public housing nationwide.
Residents in Albany's Ida
Yarbrough Apartments liked what they heard at the city council meeting.
Chief Krokoff told them he's putting a policy in place concerning training in
neighborhoods. Until then, unannounced SWAT
team training, like one back in March, has been cancelled.
Part of the new policy
will require the chief's approval before there is any training in