LOUISVILLE, KY (WAVE) - If you think about any training you've been to, you know it's usually not as good as working in the real world. A group of police officers got to take what they've been learning and put it to work in a real-world setting in a place most of us are very familiar with. The 22 silos that sit along Interstate 65 have been there so long that most of us don't give them a second thought.
"I'll be honest, I had not ever been back behind here, so I was very surprised to see how many buildings and how large the actual facility was," said LMPD Lieutenant Ryan Bates.
In that, someone saw opportunity.
University of Louisville spokesman Mark Hebert said, "One of the University of Louisville's police officers recognized that this would be a really good training spot for folks, so he said, 'Hey is it ok if we open this up for training for the SWAT team for LMPD?'"
Monday, the SWAT team put them to good use. They practiced how they'd confront active shooters and searches.
"In case someone was hiding in an office building or a structure like that where we needed to come out," Bates said.
It's a place they wouldn't normally have access to.
"The very large structure over here which would be like making entry into a warehouse or something of that nature, which do not become available very often," said Bates. "Then also there's a lot of office furniture in here, which would be like making entry into an office."
Eventually, UofL said the buildings will have new life. In the meantime, they're being used to potentially save one.
"Eventually we want to tear down the silos and tear down this whole property, but in the meantime, this is a great resource for LMPD to train their police officers in how to keep this community safe," said Hebert.
UofL and its foundation are still trying to find the funds to tear the silos down. There's no word on when that would happen or what might eventually go in their place.