Local Law Enforcement Ready for any "Lockdown" Situation
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As the world watches the drama unfold law enforcement officers here at home say they'll be ready for any incident that comes their way.
All Northeast Wisconsin departments say they have a plan if anything similar to what's occuring in Boston happens in our area.
It may be difficult to accomplish in such a large area, but law enforcement say what is most important is the public cooperates during that kind of a situation.
Captain Todd Freeman says a lockdown "would start as a smaller perimeter."
But a situation like last night in Boston could be "very very challenging."
If it is a larger scale incident, he says they would block all the major roads coming into downtown Appleton. Even then, that's a challenge.
"You're talking about thousands of people who are already into their morning routines, perhaps waiting for mass transit on the highways," says Captain Todd Freeman of the Appleton Police Department
But using resources to your advantage is key.
"The most essential thing is communication between fire, police, EMS, multiple police agencies," says Freeman.
On campus at UWGB, Tom Kujawa has a lockdown procedure.
"We have multiple ways to notify our students."
Police would send out a mass alert to all students and work with other agencies to resolve the situation.
However, both Freeman and UWGB police know what is more important and that's for people "to make themselves safe and we hope that they make those proper decisions."
"Listen to the information provided and hopefully follow directions as provided."
In order to make sure law enforcement can do their job.
All agencies do have training for lockdown situations, and meet with other law enforcement to make sure they are prepared.