With each passing year, there's advances in technology and Friday's training included lessons on how to use new equipment (Photo: FOX19 NOW/Brett Hoffland)
CINCINNATI, OH (FOX19) -
Is Cincinnati prepared for an active shooter or lone wolf attack?
There was an exercise training to prepare officials how handle that type of threat.
It's a scenario that can happen at any time, a bomb threat, an active shooter, or even a hostage situation. But even one mistake from law enforcement could be deadly.
"Since 1970 there's probably been 180 courthouse or courtroom shootings or significant events in the United States. With the new threat on law enforcement we need to be ever vigilant about potential threats," said one undercover lieutenant.
One undercover lieutenant says their training Friday was specific to threats against the Hamilton County courthouse and other county buildings.
"The scenarios are important that we vary them from building to building so that we're able to get familiar with the buildings which is important for all of the guys who don't work in the building on a regular basis," said one undercover lieutenant.
With each passing year, there's advances in technology and Friday's training included lessons on how to use new equipment.
"Being able to use Wi-Fi to download cameras from our equipment vehicle and our command vehicle on the outside and get real time information on what's going on inside the building," said one undercover lieutenant.
Hamilton County Sheriff Jim Neal says a recent audit highlighted a lack of training within the department, and he says this is a step towards improvement.
"This is just an example that we're going to exceed minimum standards when it comes to training. Training, training, training. We're going to train as we work, and work as we train," Sheriff Neil said.
The possible training exercises Friday included: an active shooter, hostage situation, barricade, bomb call out and disgruntled employee.
"In the event we have a real-time emergency, we're better prepared to deal with it," said one undercover lieutenant.