Orange County police, EMS take part in active shooter drill

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Several police departments in Orange County took part in an active shooter drill in Monroe.

Police and EMS gathered at the Monroe Theater to learn how to respond to an emergency situation at a movie theater.

Monroe Police Chief David Conklin says the drill was planned in light of the mass shooting at a Parkland, Florida, school last month.

"We decided it would be a great opportunity not just for school active shooter training, but anywhere there is an active shooter and the movie theater being a good target because it's a soft target, we want to make sure we are ready for this," he says.

Police hope the training also helps reinforce the message to follow the "run, hide and fight" response to an active shooter situation: first try to run, try to hide if you can't and then prepare to fight if all else fails.

Monroe police say the drills are practiced at local schools all the time, but this is their first active shooter drill in a movie theater.

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