In the wake of recent shooting incidents, in particular, the Sandy Hook Elementary School Shooting, Methuen Police Department has taken steps to surpass the level of training that officers would normally receive in active shooter situations.
On Friday, December 28, 2012, members of the Methuen Special Operations Unit, as well as School Resource Officers were involved in a combined effort, intense Active Shooter Training conducted at the Central School in Methuen.
This training consisted of scenarios involving real to life distractions such as loud music to simulate the confusion and chaos in an intense active shooter situation. A pistol loaded with "blanks" was fired in the building to draw the officers to the sound of the shooting while they tactically advanced toward the threat.
Training of this nature is ongoing, and will continue in the near future.