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NYPD boosts training after Mumbai attack

BE PREPARED New York City’s police department sent investigators to India to see if there were any security lessons they could learn. There were plenty

AP , NEW YORK

At a nearby firing range, another set of officers used their assault weapons to blast away at targets. They would shoot 600 rounds over two days to complete the training.

Some of the guns were purposely rigged to suddenly fire blanks — a signal to the officers to practice dropping a jammed weapon and immediately draw their semiautomatic pistols and keep shooting.

The exercise was another sign of a new era in policing, said Assistant Chief George Anderson, commanding officer of the police academy.

“We’ve always been prepared to deal with criminals, not terrorists,” Anderson said. “Now we have to go to the next level.”

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