SALISBURY, Md.- There was some heavy police activity Wednesday afternoon in Salisbury that caught many people by surprise. However, even though guns were drawn and officers were in full tactical gear, it was all a part of a training exercise.
Coming across a scene of numerous officers surrounding a building in the middle of Salisbury can be startling, Especially for Michelle Smith who grew up in Boston.
"Having been up to Boston during that attack during the first though, with being from the Boston area, was oh my God, somebody is on the loose and they're trying to get somebody and my heart is just pounding," said Michelle Smith of Mardela Springs.
The training exercise was held by the Salisbury Police Department and the Wicomico County Sheriff's Office. The premise was that of a bank robbery. Tactical units were called into place and a crisis negotiator was on scene attempting to make contact with the men inside the building.
"We're out here just training to make sure that in the event there an incident, that we are very prepared to handle it," said Captain Scott Kolb of the Salisbury Police Department.
Kolb said the timing of the training had nothing to do with what took place in Boston but did say they have to be prepared for an extreme incident like that to happen anywhere.
"We're certainly aware that Salisbury is not immune to something like that. It's not just in larger cities so our goal is, between the two agencies, is to prepare to handle a situation in the event it would happen here," said Kolb.
The police activity turned out to be nothing, but for the officers, it will make a big difference in their efforts to keep people safe when something real does take place.