Grandview hosts foreign officers for shooter training

GRANDVIEW, Mo. - Three international visitors from different parts of Europe will learn American policing tactics and active shooter training this week with Grandview Police Department.

The visitors will also attend the National Tactical Officers Association Conference in Kansas City, which runs Sunday through Friday.

Representatives from Luxembourg, Greece and France are taking part in the training, and they feel prepartion is key.

"Its better to be prepared than having the problem and not being prepared and saying after the incident we should have done something," Patrick Wengler, a Police Officer/Tactical Trainer for the Luxembourg Police, said.

During the visit, the guests will observe how US officers conduct operations, train and solve technical problems in active shooter training.

Dean Huston, the Deputy Chief with the Grandview Police Department, will help with the training.  He said the 1999 Columbine High School shooting changed how police departments respond to active shooters, and noted they're still learning.

"Our mission is to go directly in; go to the sound of the guns and deal directly and immediately with the active shooter himself," said Huston.

That kind of confrontation is not one these officers want to face, but is one they hope to be ready for after the training.

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