Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library to hold active shooter drill

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CLIFTON PARK (WRGB) - The Saratoga County Sheriff's office and the Clifton Park-Halfmoon Library are holding an active shooter drill, Wednesday afternoon.

It'll take place at 1:30 p.m. November 8. An announcement will be given over the library's public address system. It'll say there's an intruder in the library, the library is going into lock down, and that it is just a drill. If you are in the library at that time, you will be required to participate.

"We'll give them about 90 seconds," Deputy Ken Cooper said. "That's about what you have to stay alive. Then we'll come in and walk around for half an hour, take a look at the actions people have taken, and discuss what we see and what could have been done better. We're not there to scare anyone. We're there to educate people as to what they can do now that they've hidden."

Deputy Cooper also gave a presentation on active shooters this past Monday.

"The procedures for what to do in the case of an active shooter have changed in recent years," he said recently. "It's run-hide-fight. Run if you can, hide if you can't run, and fight as a last resort. Getting yourself out is your first priority. If you can survive three minutes you have a good chance to live."

Cooper said active shooters are no longer looking for hostages or to negotiate and due to that mindset potential life-saving responses have changed too.

"They don't look around," he said of the intruders. "They just want to shoot as many people as possible."

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