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Law enforcement teams train at Gettysburg battlefield

Written by Craig Layne, Morning Edition Host/Reporter | May 10, 2013 11:36 AM
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(Lancaster) -- Law enforcement officers from across the midstate have been training in Gettysburg for a special emergency situation.

Teams from the South Central Task Force have been working with special operations officers from the National Park Service and state police during exercises at the Gettysburg battlefield.

The officers come from Cumberland, Dauphin, Franklin, Lanacster, Lebanon and York counties.

Task Force spokesman Duane Hagelgans says the training aims to improve the teams' tactics when they're working in a situation like a manhunt in a rural environment.

"Our county teams, this is something they don't get to do too often," Hagelgans says. "Typically, they're dealing with a barricaded hostage situation or a barricaded gunman situation, so they do a lot of their training based upon that urban environment, or based upon someone being barricaded in."

Hagelgans says the exercises also give officers the chance to meet their colleagues from other communities, to encourage better cooperation.

He says the exercise is not directly related to Gettysburg's preparations for the coming 150th anniversary of the Civil War Battle fought in and around the borough.

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