100 officers to participate in training

By The Associated Press

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) — Authorities say about 100 police officers and sheriff deputies from across Mississippi will participate Tuesday in a full-scale training exercise sponsored by the Mississippi Office of Homeland Security.

The training will be held at the Mississippi Law Enforcement Officers Training Academy in Pearl. Participants will undergo 32 hours of training on civil disorder, peaceful demonstrations and crowd management.

Authorities say the need for such training was recognized after Hurricane Katrina hit the Gulf Coast in 2005.