Foxwoods hosts active shooter drill

Mashantucket — The Mashantucket Police Department hosted an active shooter exercise at Foxwoods on Monday, bringing together police officers from across the region.

Mashantucket police Chief William Dittman said the drill was designed to help familiarize officers with the complexities of responding to an active shooter at the casino. It also was an opportunity to practice communications between officers from different departments who were teamed up to respond to various scenarios that included actors portraying a shooter and casino patrons.

Replica firearms were used during the drill, which was held in a cordoned-off poker room at the casino.

The drill was held in conjunction with the Law Enforcement Council of Southeastern Connecticut. More than 50 officers attended from the Stonington, Groton Town, Groton City, Groton Long Point, New London, Waterford, East Lyme, Montville, Norwich, Ledyard, Plainfield, Mohegan Tribal, Mashantucket, Colchester, Putnam, Willimantic, Coventry, University of Connecticut and Eastern Connecticut State University departments.

Mashantucket police Sgt. Michael McVicker designed the drill with aid from active shooter instructors from other departments.

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