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Albany PD training leads to upset residents
ALBANY -- The Albany Police Department is reviewing its training methods after A recent exercise upset some Albany residents.
On Thursday, the Albany Police Department engaged in a training exercise in the Ida Yarborough townhomes., in a section of the complex that was believed to be unoccupied and scheduled for imminent demolition. The training consisted of hostage rescue scenarios involving simulated ammunition and injuries.
Although Police Officers went door to door in the evenings prior to the training to notify residents, some residents did not receive the notification.
"In light of the ever-increasing threats to communities across the nation, I have directed our department to provide the most up-to-date training in a manner that is as realistic as possible," said Chief Krokoff. "I certainly did not mean to offend the very people that we are training to protect. In retrospect, it was insensitive to conduct this type of training in the vicinity of occupied residences. We will review how we conduct our neighborhood-based training in the future and include the community in evaluating its appropriateness."