The start of the school year is still a while away, but that does not mean law enforcement training takes a vacation. Especially when it comes to providing better protection for our kids.
Law enforcement agencies from throughout the Coastal Bend took part in what's called "active shooter training," and it involved a very realistic scenario.
It was an intense, blood pumping training for 27 law enforcement and school security officers from across the Coastal Bend as a fake gunman walked into a school. They used realistic looking guns, only they fired paint balls instead of bullets.
The training was meant to prepare them for what we all hope never happens.
In this case, the gunman walked into Dubose Middle School in Alice. The course that was taught to the law enforcement officers was used by agents who took down the accused Fort Hood Shooter Nidal Hassan.
"You know, his goal was to kill as many people as he could kill," said Kevin Nichols of the Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training. "And in these types of situations when you have an active shooter type situation, what differentiates an active shooter situation from a traditional barricade is that the person doing the shooting is looking for a body count."
Advance Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training is as realistic as it gets, and the trainer said it is the only way to prepare crime fighters for the unthinkable.
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