Earlier this year, S.W.A.T. teams from the Amherst and Tonawanda Police Departments held a joint training exercise covering active shooter response. This important training was made possible in part through a $5,000 grant from the 100 Club of Buffalo.
More than 40 officers and a dozen volunteers participated in the training exercises that were staged over two days in March at a moth-balled elementary school in Tonawanda. The training consisted of lecture-style briefings on tactics and protocols, as well as live-action scenarios in different locations throughout the school.
The teams practiced active shooter drills in the classroom wings of the school and in the school auditorium. To make the drills as realistic as possible, volunteers played various roles from shooting victims and hostages to the active shooter. One of the objectives of the exercise was to provide the S.W.A.T. teams with realistic setting so officers can practice decision making in a stressful environment and use their training
“This level of training is critically important to the safety of our local law enforcement officers and our community.” commented Peter Casilio, president of the 100 Club of Buffalo. “We are proud to help fund this S.W.A.T. training and see it as part of our mission as an organization to support those first responders that protect our community.”
The image gallery provides a glimpse into the training the teams received thanks to the funding of the 100 Club of Buffalo.