Police learn how to contain shooters on the loose

Police learn how to contain shooters on the loose

Police learn how to contain shooters on the loose

Recent months have seen a number of horrific shootings dominate the news, proving that armed individuals can spread violence anywhere at any time. As the actions of shooters can be so unpredictable, it is essential that police officers complete law enforcement training so they can bring dangerous incidents to a swift and safe conclusion.

With recent tragedies like the 2012 shootings at an Aurora, Colorado, movie theater, and Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Connecticut, still fresh in people’s memories, many police departments are looking for ways to improve their officers’ response to similar incidents. Here are how two departments are preparing for the worst:

School serves as setting for quick response training
This past Martin Luther King Jr. Day, while students who regularly attend Illinois’ Casey-Westfield High School had the day off, approximately 20 officers from the Casey and Marshall police departments, as well as the Clark County Sheriff’s Office and the Illinois State Police went back to school to learn, the Journal Gazette & Times-Courier reported. However, rather than working through complex math problems, these law enforcement officials were training to take down a fictitious shooter wreaking havoc in the school’s hallways.

Over the course of their training, officers divided into teams of two as they learned how to move through long hallways, stairwells, doorways and other areas safely. In a world where school shootings happen too frequently, Mark Jenkins, the chief of the Casey police department, told the news source this type of training is something that “should be a big priority” for everyone in law enforcement.

Police head to court for training
As court was not in session on Martin Luther King Jr. Day, local law enforcement and court officials participated in a training session at the Winnebago County Courthouse in Wisconsin, The Oshkosh Northwestern reported. In this imaginary incident, a court hearing went terribly wrong, with a man shooting his ex-wife during a child custody hearing gone awry.

“Something like this has never happened to us,” David Keck, a family court commissioner, told the news outlet. “But now we’ve thought through some things and now if something like this would happen, we would know how we would handle it.”

The police officers who took part in the training session had worked through similar scenarios in school and business settings, but this was their first time navigating the halls of a courthouse.

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