|Published:||May 19, 2010 5:41 PM EDT|
|Updated:||May 19, 2010 5:41 PM EDT|
FORT MYERS, Fla.- Cops and Deputies are working together to provide specialized training in Southwest Florida.
From Collier County to Highlands County at least 150 law enforcement officers met in Fort Myers to participate in a joint operation training exercise.
"This is the first time we've had this many agencies working together and it's really a great economical decision too so we can get everyone in one place at one time", said Mike Torregrossa with the Cape Coral Police Department.
The training took place at the old Lee County School Administration Building on Fowler street in Fort Myers.
Deputies used the empty building to carry out mock search warrants and barricade situations. Outside, at least six different scenarios were set up using school and city buses. Some local students participated by acting out scenes with officers.
"In real life situations, we've had to secure multiple scenes and to do it safely you often need more than one team," said Gary Camp with the Lee County Sheriff's Office.
The intent of the all day training exercise is so multiple agencies can learn from one another. "We're going to take everything we know and see what works with each team. We're all about sharing," adds Torregrossa.
All of the agencies involved hope to do the training again next year.
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