By Mark Boshnack
The Daily Star
---- — Spring break at Delaware Academy Central School provided an opportunity for members of a special team from the state police to sharpen their skills.
Technical Sgt. Andrew Gould is the Central Team leader for the Special Operations Response Central Team unit, which covers this area. A total of 20 participants were at the “live shooter” drill that included members of Central Team as well as units stationed in the Albany and Newburgh areas.
The state police units are similar to SWAT or rescue teams that are called to special situations, Gould said. Most recently, members responded to last month’s mass shooting in Herkimer. He could not discuss tactics or other aspects of that day’s operation for security reasons.
When an incident happens, the team members work with local responders to bring in additional assets to help, Gould said.
Wednesday’s event was scheduled to run from about 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. These types of monthly operations are useful in integrating the members of the various teams, Gould said.
“It’s important to have the experience of working together,” he said.
It’s also an opportunity for his personnel to become familiar with the school building, Gould said, which could be useful if the team is called in the future.
Delhi Superintendent Jason Thomson was not at the school Wednesday. When reached for comment, he said: “This is an opportunity to be proactive about school security.”
To have law enforcement familiar with the building is invaluable in case of an emergency, he said. He will be getting information about how to make the building safer from the SORT team, and some of that will be used in an upcoming building project recently approved by voters.