It looked like a scene out of a Special Forces movie. Camouflaged police officers with weapons in arm stood in the shadows scoping out the land. As they were given the signal, they raided an abandoned house and two barns in hopes to seize and capture the two suspects reportedly hiding on the property.
No it wasn’t a movie, but a supervised training exercise hosted by the City of Marysville Police Department and Deputy Chief Bo Spain. Safety precautions were in place – including weapons minus the ammunition.
The training exercise is one of many for officers of diverse years of service to gain additional experience and exposure. The Shelly Company provided property near its Ostrander limestone quarry for the day’s activities. According to Deputy Chief Bo Spain, unfamiliar land offers the best training as the team has to rely on their skills to navigate through the scenery and complete the three exercises: clearing, extracting and negotiating.
The Shelly Company partners with local emergency services and law enforcement agencies to assist with training opportunities associated with real-life situations. Shelly has provided training opportunities for local enforcement and emergency groups such as city bomb squads, fire departments, police departments and dive and rescue teams for many years. “It’s The Shelly Company’s way of giving back to the community, “said Jamie Sturgeon, public relations manager. Shelly’s plant managers are the company contacts with the agency members. After the trainings are complete, we continue the relationship by inviting them to Shelly quarry events such as open houses and community days.