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AG: Focus on police training in mass shootings

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October 21, 2013 09:50 AM EST | AP


WASHINGTON — WASHINGTON (AP) — Attorney General Eric Holder says local police must sometimes be the first law enforcement officers to fire back in mass shootings and must receive intense training and the best equipment to handle such events.

The attorney general says authorities don't always have the luxury of time to get their most highly trained officers on the scene.

In remarks prepared for delivery to a law enforcement conference in Philadelphia, Holder says that in the past decade, the Justice Department has helped train 50,000 front-line officers and over 3,000 local, state and federal agency heads on how to respond to active shooters.