Officers Train to Protect Schools Over Summer Break

Hero911 app works to help officers train to protect schoolsStudents may be out for summer, but police officers are in and not taking a break from safety training. Cops have realistic training exercises to perform in order to prepare for any possible school threat.  

According to Lake News, The Morgan County Sheriff’s Office conducted LASER training for Missouri law enforcement agencies on Wednesday, May 27 and Thursday, May 28 at the Morgan County R-1 School in Stover. Enforcement Active Shooter Emergency Response (LASER) features hands-on training funded through a grant and cooperative agreement with the Department of Homeland Security and FEMA, according to the National Center for Biomedical Research and Training Academy of Counter-Terrorist Education at Louisiana State University.  

The course was conceptualized following the tragic 2012 Sandy Hook school shooting in Newtown, Connecticut. Nothing can better train officers than realistic scenarios.  

LASER training is provided at no cost to agencies as long as they provide the location. The course teaches law enforcement personnel how to respond to an active shooter. It also involves classroom presentations, performance-based field training, and simulated practical scenarios.  

Working in pairs, officers sprinted through the school and practiced firing at potential threats. Various scenarios included multiple shooters, different locations within the school, and dealing with injuries. Rules of engagement, breaking down locked doors, and working with other law enforcement agencies was also offered during the 2-day course.  

It’s important to play at scenarios and train officers so they are prepared for each school year. There are many ways to prevent school shootings and schools, officials, parents and leaders are working in tandem with law enforcement to create safe schools. When a school shooting occurs, we really on our network of law enforcement officers to protect our schools and the Hero 911 app is the tool!  

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