INDEPENDENCE, Mo. -- Just days after the tragic school shootings in Newtown, Connecticut, Kansas City area officers are going through various active shooter scenarios.
Shootings in schools, churches, and businesses are just some of the situations 30 officers ran through at the Blue River Police Academy.
International police trainer Chief Gary Hacker says it's an important piece of training.
"We train about once a month on active shooter training because it is such a hot topic," said Hacker. "It makes them feel like they are right, almost right in the middle of the fire."
The hallways of the academy echoed with screaming hostages and fake gunshots to simulate a real life scenario.
"Very important , very urgent. we're seeing an increase unfortunately," said Joel Paslay.
Sadly an active shooter situation is something that continues to present itself. Training tactics for this type of situation have changed dramatically since the Columbine shootings in 1999.
Instructor Joseph Kern has been in law enforcement for almost 50 years. He says the old system of surrounding the building and waiting for SWAT just doesn't work anymore.
"We have changed our theory in law enforcement, now we do an immediate response, " said Kern.
The officers that attended the training will take back what they learned to their communities and share how they will respond in the event of an active shooter.