Nearly 800 law enforcement and correctional officers gathered in Moundsvillle Wednesday for one of the largest training exercises in the country, the Mock Riots.
Officers from more than 30 states and nine different countries participated in realistic scenarios, like prison rescue and cell extraction. Officers said Moundsville is one of the few places in the country where this type of training can happen.
"You couldn't do this in a real penitentiary. There are too many inmates around," said Louisiana Sheriff, Scot Winther. "We don't want to them to see our secrets and what we do. It's just way better all the way around."
Chris Przemieniecki, a criminal justice professor, said the opportunity was a great experience for his students.
"Just to be able to interact, for me it's great to network," Przemieniecki said. "A lot of my students will walk away with job offers."
More than 30 vendors were on hand displaying the latest technology in law enforcement.
Criminal justice students were also in attendance, acting as inmates for the riots.