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QPD goes inside movie theater for monthly tactical training

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QUINCY, Ill. (WGEM) -

If you think it couldn't happen in Quincy, think again. Quincy police are training for a movie theatre shooting scenario.

February's training took place in the AMC Showplace 6 movie theater. Training involved realistic scenarios involving tactical officers and realistic looking firearms.

"In this case here, it's very realistic because we actually have people in there and a movie playing," said Sergeant Doug VanderMaiden.

Sergeant VanderMaiden was one of dozens of personnel on site.

"Everybody on the team has a primary job, such as patrol, so when an incident does happen everybody that's training today will be some of the officers responding to an incident," said Sgt. VanderMaiden.

To make the scene more realistic, volunteers were asked to sit in the movie theatre. Ginger Hasbrouck was one of those volunteers and says she wasn't quite sure what she was getting herself into.

"You just kind of wait to hear the gunshots and some of us are a little nervous at times and others you don't really know what to expect," explained Hasbrouck.

This training comes off of recent shootings and Sgt. VanderMaiden as well as Hasbrouck says its something local law enforcement needs to be aware of.

"One of our officers talked about this before Aurora and that incident really made us think that we need to get some kind of training," said Sgt. VanderMaiden.

"Everything that has happened in recent past, I think it's very important for them to know what to do,"  said Hasbrouck.

As for future training, VanderMaiden says they train every month and they try to make the locations and the scenarios as real as possible.

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