I thought it was worth mentioning that if you see a fair amount of Police activity on College Street today (July 15), don’t be alarmed, it’s just a training exercise.
In a couple of months the City will be knocking down the vacant houses on College Street to build the new Police Station. In the meantime, those houses provide a unique opportunity to stage some police training events.
Chief Lee and her staff have coordinated a series of Police training exercises utilizing the vacant city owned homes and you will likely see Police equipment and personnel engaged in those training drills. We’ve done similar training events in the past with our Fire crews and this is a great chance for the Police to get some hands-on training experience.
I don’t know all of the details of the training exercises but it wouldn’t be unusual to set up a hostage type of event, or stage a break-in, drug house, etc., in the vacant houses so the Police employees have the benefit of a real world setting to run through their tactical protocols and procedures.
Keep in mind, these are just drills — not an active crime scene. No need to worry. Thanks.