WALLINGFORD — Members of the Wallingford/Cheshire Emergency Services Unit conducted training exercises on the Choate Rosemary Hall campus on Thursday.
The training began around 9 a.m. and concluded by 2 p.m. The school is currently not in session due to spring break.
The Emergency Services Unit is comprised of officers from Wallingford and Cheshire, who train two days a month, said police spokeswoman Lt. Cheryl Bradley said. Training includes drills simulating an active shooter and hostage taking.
Wallingford Police Chief William Wright said training is critical to keeping the team ready to respond to a real situation.
“At a moment’s notice there could be a need for an advanced level of knowledge and expertise,” he said.
Wallingford Police Lt. John Ventura, training commander, said a representative from Choate Rosemary Hall contacted police to offer the use of campus buildings during spring break.
Alison Cady, Choate’s director of Strategic Planning and Communications, said the school “is pleased to partner with the Wallingford Police Department and supporting agencies to ensure the safety of our local community.”
Ventura said that in the case of a real situation or emergency, a perimeter would be established in the area. No traffic would be allowed through and the department could use an emergency notification system to alert neighbors in the immediate area of the incident.
Bradley said the department received a handful of calls from residents concerned after seeing photos of officers training at Choate on social media. Bradley said she confirmed with Ventura that “Police Training” signs were posted around the area. The police department doesn’t have its own social media account.
Cheshire Police Sgt. Steve Jester said the training went well, adding it is good for police to have the necessary training to respond to any incidents that arise.
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