Times: Seattle-area police train to handle events like mall shooting

Times: Seattle-area police train to handle events like mall shooting

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Law enforcement work outside the Clackamas Town Center mall after a shooting on December 11, 2012 in Clackamas, Oregon. According to reports, two victims and the gunman are dead after emergency dispatchers received reports that a shooting had occurred and a man was seen with an assault rifle near the mall's food court around 3:29 p.m.

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by CHRISTINE CLARRIDGE / The Seattle Times

NWCN.com

Posted on December 13, 2012 at 7:49 AM

At least once a year, every Seattle police officer — from street cop to homicide detective — is trained to deal with the kind of mass shooting that erupted Tuesday at the Clackamas Town Center.

The department's rapid intervention training is based on the analysis of real-life incidents and is designed to identify and teach the most effective ways for dealing with fluid and evolving events, said Seattle police spokesman Jeff Kappel.

Kappel would not discuss specific tactics for "obvious reasons — the bad guys can use it against us."

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