It was a foggy, overcast gray morning when more than a dozen Chevy Tahoes, headlights on and windows glazed, somewhat ominously rolled into a back parking lot in a tight sequence on the Kirkland side of campus. Twenty men and women jumped out, most in camouflage gear with helmets, ready for a day of training in the List Art Center.
The building, emptied for renovation, had been an ideal training venue for the U.S. Army and U.S. Air Force National Guard and on Tuesday, June 5, the FBI confirmed the same. The men and women came from offices in Syracuse, Albany, Burlington and Utica and included SWAT (Special Weapons and Tactics) agents and technical operation center personnel along with a working canine. They appreciated the opportunity to train in a college building as opposed to the standard office buildings in which they normally train because of the varied hallways and room layouts.
Hamilton will host the New York State Police in July for another training session on campus.