NEW YORK (CBSNewYork/AP) — In the wake of the Paris terror attacks last week, the NYPD has been quietly expanding training for “active shooter” situations in which terrorists arm themselves with high-powered rifles and open fire.
NYPD Commissioner Bill Bratton said the new training is based in part on lessons brought back from an NYPD team that was sent to Paris and given widespread access to the scene of the shootings.
He said more officers will be trained like the NYPD’s elite Emergency Services Unit, which responds to the most dangerous situations, from shootings to terror attacks.
There will be “more officers trained like our emergency services officers to respond with better weaponry, better tactics and training, and we’ll be also be expanding our active shooter training,” Bratton said.
“I think you’re gonna see more armed officers like you see at Penn Station, like you see at Grand Central. You’re gonna see more of that, especially around soft targets,” terrorism expert Bob Strang told WCBS 880’s Jim Smith.