MSP trains in Grand Traverse Commons

Michigan State Police trained for active shooter situations in a vacant building in the Grand Traverse Commons on Wednesday.

GRAND TRAVERSE COUNTY, Mich., (WPBN/WGTU) -- Some people were a bit concerned when they saw more than a dozen Michigan State Police vehicles parked outside vacant buildings in the Grand Traverse Commons on Wednesday afternoon.

MSP troopers were geared up in full body armor and protective masks, but only for training purposes.

Michigan State Police were using a vacant building in the Commons to train for potential active shooter situations.

"Tactics and the response to them is extremely stressful to officers, and it's also very unique," said Sgt. Dan Lewis of the MSP. "It's unlike most other things that our officers do on the road. In order to be best prepared to handle those things when they do arise, it's good to occasionally refresh those skills and keep them at the forefront."

Lewis says the MSP holds training exercises like this as often as possible to keep its officers prepared.

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