It’s a scenario no one wants to see happen in our communities, but one we have to be ready for.
Local law enforcement and troopers from five of the Georgia State Patrol Troop B posts are honing their tactical skills in the event of an active shooter situation in a public place such as a school.
For the next two weeks, police and sheriff’s deputies from Franklin, Hart, Stephens and surrounding counties in Northeast Georgia are training in Carnesville at the old Franklin County Middle School building.
Toccoa Post Commander Al Whitworth said in light of recent public shootings across the country, its important local law enforcement be ready.
“Seeing it across the country and even in Georgia, we’ve had a lot of active shooter situations where it was at a school or a theater such as in Colorado,” Whitworth said. “It’s a new thing for law enforcement nowadays. In years past, local law enforcement didn’t really train for these kinds of situations, but now we want to try and stay ahead of the game.”
The training consists of classroom work, but most of the day is spent doing actual tactical training using air guns.
On Monday, officers spent the day re-enacting scenarios where a shooter enters a school.
With each exercise, the officers learn what to do and what not to do and how to improve their skills.
“We actually have an active shooter dressed in all black. We’re doing situations where he fires upon the officers. We’re teaching them how to clear rooms and how to respond in four-man teams towards the active shooter,” Whitworth said.
The tactical training is sponsored by the Georgia State Patrol, and will continue for the rest of this week and part of next week, according to Whitworth with officers from different law enforcement agencies attending.