It was an exercise that was meant to mirror the tragedy seen in places like Sandy Hook, Columbine or dozens of other American cities. Members of Oakland County’s Oak/Tac Tactical Response Team — conducting a public training session in Pontiac’s recently closed Jefferson Middle School — preparing for the unthinkable.

“We hope and pray we never have to use this training and this practice but we do it because there’s a possibility.” A possibility Oakland County Sheriff Mike Bouchard admits is extremely remote. To date, 400 officers from 27 agencies throughout the county have been trained in tactical response techniques as part of a federal grant.

“You can never anticipate everything, but you have to try to think what could happen and try to prepare and train for it.” said Bouchard.

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