GRAND RAPIDS (WZZM) -- Recent shootings in Newtown, Connecticut and the Dantzler shootout in Grand Rapids show us that law enforcement must be ready to respond at a moment's notice.
That's why for the last four days, police have met in an abandoned Grand Rapids school building for advanced law enforcement rapid response training.
Officers trained with special paint guns, learning how to deal with hostage situations, school shooters, and crisis management in the schools rooms and hallways.
"You want to be ready if something were to happen with active shooter situations. A number of people are usually injured or killed so the consequences are very severe... we think it is advisable to have the preparation and this is coming at no cost locally."
More than 60 officers from 40 departments were trained during the four-day session with money coming from a number of federal sources.