Following mass shootings, local law enforcement stresses preparedness

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After shootings in Dayton, Ohio and El Paso, Texas, claimed more than 30 lives over the weekend, Des Moines police and Polk County Emergency Management know how important it is to stay vigilant.

“We prepare for it from the day you step into the academy,” said Sgt. Paul Parizek with the Des Moines Polic Department. “We understand that in this world today, we know that’s something we may have to encounter.”

Various agencies in central Iowa—police, fire, EMS and other first responders—work at least once a month to prepare themselves for mass casualty situations.

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