Teams of officers moved down the halls at Gilbert Elementary School in Gwinn Wednesday, participating in a live shooter training exercise.
The Marquette and Baraga county officers used air-soft guns to simulate what it would be like to secure a school with targets that shoot back.
As part of the training exercise, Police used Go-Pro cameras mounted to their helmets. This allows them to review each scenario from an individual officer, or shooters, point of view.
Police had to navigate smoke filled halls, with other officers playing the roles of innocent bystanders and shooters alike.
After incidents like Sandy Hook, the Aurora movie theater shooting, and Virginia Tech, police say the frequency and intensity of these exercises have gone up considerably.
â??The national incidents definitely ramp up the training for us. You see these things happen on the news and every place that this happens, everyone says â??I don't think that could happen hereâ??, and we need to be out of that mindset and prepare for that. Letâ??s hope that never happens, but letâ??s be prepared just in case it does" said trainer Lowell Larson.
Larson says police take these national tragedies and study them.
They've taken the statistics from 84 active shooter incidents, and use them to craft specific training scenarios.
Throughout the day, the scenarios increased in difficulty, challenging officers with multiple shooters, dark halls and misinformation.
At the end of the event, police will gather and review the film to point out which things they did well, and which things they need to improve on.
Hopefully, these skills will never have to be used.