All those Rock Hill police cars near I-77, Dave Lyle and Galleria? Here’s why

The large police and emergency presence in Rock Hill Monday morning near Interstate 77 at Dave Lyle Boulevard is an active shooter training exercise, officers said.

Training started at 8 a.m. near the Rock Hill Galleria mall, said Lt. Michael Chavis of Rock Hill Police Department.

The public should expect to see a large number of police both on foot and in cars, Chavis said. The officers are using simulated weapons and the public should not be alarmed, police said.

The police department issued notices on Facebook and Twitter social media.

The training will shift around 1 p.m. to the area around Manchester Meadows Park.

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Andrew Dys covers breaking news and public safety for The Herald, where he has been a reporter and columnist since 2000. He has won 51 South Carolina Press Association awards for his coverage of crime, race, justice, and people. He is author of the book “Slice of Dys” and his work is in the U.S. Library of Congress.