Jan 3, 2013 6:44 PM by Sam Salzwedel

Police train for shooting at Salpointe High School

TUCSON - About 100 police officers trained for a shooting at Salpointe Catholic High School Thursday.

The Tucson Police Department planned it in September, months before the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Connecticut.

"They remind us of the tactics that we're supposed to employ when we come to situations like this," Sgt. Dominic Flores said. "It's important that all law enforcement agencies stay up to par on their training."

The Salpointe principal, Sister Helen Timothy, was happy to help police and make her school safer.

"We want to be prepared," she said. "We want to be ready for what we hope will never happen."

The officers were not using real weapons, but Timothy said the situation felt realistic.

"My voice was really elevated today when I was calling for the lockdown," she said. "It was because I had just seen 6 police officers waving guns, and it was real."

Police say the training will help them in other large buildings like hospitals and warehouses.

They hope to use other schools in the future.


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