CARRABASSETT VALLEY — Members of the Carrabassett Valley Police Department participated in “Active Shooter Training” last week at the Carrabassett Valley Academy. Instruction was provided by members of the State Police.

According to Chief Scott Nichols, the purpose of this training was to teach officers how to properly respond to the most stressful and deadliest situations officers can encounter.

“This training was planned several months ago, but recent events in Connecticut drive home its importance,” he said.

An active shooter is somebody who enters a public or private area and just starts to randomly shoot people. Officers at the department spent an entire day responding to various scenarios provided by the State Police instructors and role players.

“My officers left training that day with much more confidence in their ability to react to critical incidents like this, it is some of the best training we have received all year,” he said.

Nichols thanked John Ritzo, headmaster of C.V.A., for allowing his officers to train at the academy, and Sgt. Nicholas Grass of the State Police, for providing the course of instruction.

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