SARATOGA SPRINGS, N.Y. (NEWS10) — Active shooter training took place Thursday at the Saratoga Performing Arts Center.
Officers armed with guns and tactical gear practiced possible dangerous scenarios. It was a precaution in light of the mass shootings that have been happening throughout the country and around the world.
“Unfortunately, some people have chosen to take advantage of soft targets in places where there’s a lot of people,” explained James Hy, State Park Police Captian.
This summer, armed officers will be patrolling SPAC once concerts start back up again.
“People don’t always expect to see officers dressed up in tactical uniforms and tactical gear for what is usually a fun festival kind of place,” said Hy. ” The answer to that is that there is nothing wrong. There is nothing to be alarmed about. We are simply there to provide the best protection to everything we can at SPAC. “
The park police have been given new kits which include new helmets and bulletproof vests that offer a higher level of protection against a riffle round.
“One size fit most,” said New York State Police Lieutenant Donald Benware. “They will be in the patrol vehicles so in the act of an active event, or when they need to be deployed, they can be quickly drawn from the trunk of the car.”
Police are only part of the equation to keep everyone safe.
“If you see something that is suspicious or out of place and you hear something that is suspicious or out of place, you should report it to the nearest police officer or security guard that you see,” Hy stated.
When out in public, officers urge everyone to know where the exits are so that people can get out quickly in the case of an emergency.