Police Training Causes Alarm
16 Nov, 2011
By Diana Marszalek
A friend passing by the crime — or, rather, not crime — scene was the first to alert me to the police activity at a house on the southeast corner of Iden and Larchmont Avenues. “Taped off, not able to enter without permission. Lots of police.”
It sounded big. But when I called the Larchmont PD the Desk Sargeant laid out exactly what was happening: “Nothing.”
Nothing? It couldn’t be true.
I walked the few blocks to the scene, where, confirmed, the house was cordoned off by that bright yellow tape, there were officers in the driveway and signs telling the rest of us to keep clear. Surely I could use use my journalistic prowess to get to the bottom of this. The on-site officer clearly knew I meant business.
“Nothing,” was his answer when i asked what was up.
Nothing again? I wasn’t buying it. Sure seemed like the cops were putting a lot of effort into something that was “nothing.”
“Nothing. Really,” the officer reiterated.
Turns out, though, that all my police sources were telling me the truth, just as you’d expect officers to do, right? The story (or lack there of) behind the story was, in fact, that a whole lot of nothing was going on at the house.
Police were using the house for a training exercise. Apparently, it’s something they do every so often.
But in our quiet neck of the woods, that nothing was, in fact, really quite something. The activity turned enough heads that it sparked a bit of alarm — which (fortunately) we don’t get too often.
And it made for a really exciting morning.