Police snipers gather at the football stadium for live ammunition and crisis response training

By Suzie Ziegler

BOULDER, Colorado — Normally, Folsom Field at CU Boulder is where you can catch the last college football game. But last week it was police snipers who took over the playground.

According to 9News, police snipers from Colorado, Las Vegas and Washington, DC, descended on the stadium for a three-day live ammunition crisis response training event. According to the report, officers learned how to better provide security to large crowds during an active fire event. The football stadium provided a realistic venue for a worst-case scenario.

Carissa Jaquish, public safety officer for the CU Boulder Police Department, says police need more training on live scenarios. Last year’s mass shooting at a Boulder supermarket demonstrated the importance of preparation, Jaquish told 9News.

“As we review active robber incidents across the country and also know firsthand that our community in Boulder has been impacted, we see the need for more training on live, real-world scenarios,” Jaquish said. “It’s really important that [the snipers] training here too because they are here to do game days.

The training was led by Tacflow Academy, a company that conducts various firearms training courses for police, military personnel and citizens. Mark Lang, director of sniper training at Tacflow, says the course helps officers make better decisions.

“It’s just an extension of reality-based training,” Lang told 9News. “We really have to try to make sure we’re constantly looking at what we can do to protect the public when they come to big venues like this.”

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