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Local officers connection to Colorado

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WAUSAU (WAOW) -

Officers from our area were in Colorado Thursday night as one of the largest mass shootings took place in Aurora.

But, they're not in harms way and aren't there to help.

A few Wausau police officers and a group of students were in Fort Collins, Colorado for the National Law Enforcement Explorers Conference. Fort Collins is just sixty miles from Aurora.

The group was not available for comment but Newsline 9 did speak with a police officer in Wausau who has been in contact with the group.

"There is no reason to believe anyone is in harms way," Deputy Chief Bryan Hilts of the Wausau Police Department said.

Even though dozens of law enforcement agencies were called to assist in the tragedy, Wausau police say it is unlikely their officers will be called upon.

"They have contracts with other agencies and mutual aid with other organizations," Deputy Chief Hilts said. "They would take officers that had a vehicle, had the right equipment to be able to help and ready to respond."

Hilts goes on to say it was more important for the officers to stay with their students and make sure things were safe.

Friday was the last day of the conference. The program teaches students of all ages about careers in law enforcement. The group is expected to return home on Saturday.

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