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Quincy police say they are prepared for any tragic situation they may encounter

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

Tragedies like Newtown may have parents wondering, what if something like that happened here, are the police prepared?

The Quincy police department says 'yes.'

All school resource officers as well as the QPD go through a rigorous training like the one they just went through this past June.

The training includes different scenarios, anything from a hostage situation to something like what happened Friday in Connecticut.

However, Quincy Police say the biggest threat right now, especially in the immediate days following the Newtown shooting, is copy cats.

"Everybody wants their 15 minutes of fame, and that's the bad thing about talking about this so much. They see all the attention it's getting, 'oh I want to be famous too' well you know is this really the way to do it? How about saving something like this from happening as opposed to causing it," said Randy Wheeler, Quincy Senior High School's School Resource officer.

Officer Wheeler says the officers are not only taught how to deal with a situation in progress, but they're also taught how to spot "emotional" and "character" differences in a person who could pose a potential threat to others.

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