MIDWAY — Commands echoed through the corridors of Starks Hall: "Put up your hands slowly! Put your hands up where we can see them!"
So concluded a Wednesday training exercise on the Midway College campus, as police from Versailles and Lexington learned how to deal with terrorism tactics that might present themselves in real life.
In this scenario, police defused a situation in which four bad guys were trying to draw officers into the building so they could be picked off by gunshots. Enemy combatants used that technique against U.S. soldiers in Iraq.
"What we're striving for is to learn lessons before we have to apply them," said Brig. Gen. John Heltzel, deputy commander for Kentucky National Guard and director of the state Division of Emergency Management. "There's enough realism in this that the adrenaline goes up and the guys are learning how to communicate, coordinate and think through it."
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The exercise continues Thursday with scenario of a dirty-bomb explosion, and the decontamination of victims. Hospitals will participate in that exercise.