The Department of Defense is reportedly preparing to use a military-style seizure training drill to train police and other military personnel on how to use firearms.
The drills are part of a $5.5 million contract to train more than 6,000 Hilo police officers in how to handle weapons during a police response to a hostage situation.
The training will be conducted at the Hawaii Police Training Center in the Kona community.
Police and other law enforcement personnel from the state will train for a series of events that include a SWAT team, a tactical team, hostage negotiators, hostage rescue teams and search and rescue teams.
The police training will involve using “modern weapons, tactics and procedures,” according to a department statement.
The statement didn’t elaborate.
A Department of Justice spokesperson told ABC News that training for law enforcement and the military is required in the event of a hostage crisis.
The department has not released the details of the training, but a recent article in the Honolulu Star-Advertiser described the exercise as involving training exercises, “flash drills, field exercises, and an officer’s first-aid kit.”
The military has been involved in several other military exercises involving military personnel in the past, according to the article.
In 2014, the Pentagon also spent more than $400,000 to train Hawaii’s police and fire departments to use “modern weapon systems, tactics, procedures, and equipment” to help the state combat a potential “lone wolf” attack on the island.
A military spokesman told ABC news that the training was “necessary to support a high-stakes scenario,” and said that the exercises “are designed to improve our ability to conduct effective military operations, and to ensure that our military’s mission is consistent with our values and principles.”
The U.S. military has long trained and assisted local police departments with law enforcement.
But the Pentagon has not conducted any such training in the U.K. The U-K.
has been at war with Islamic State in Iraq and Syria for the past six years, and the British government has struggled to get the public to pay attention to its military operations.