Police undergo 'active
prepare for workplace, school violence
Police undergo 'active shooter' training
By Ken Kosky NWI Times | Posted: Saturday,
February 13, 2010 12:05 am
UNION TOWNSHIP |
Porter County Sheriff's Cpl. Jeremy Chavez
followed the sounds of gunshots Friday morning
at Wheeler High School, and finally came face to
face with a bad guy who had a gun in one hand
and a detonator for an explosive device in the
"We had to shoot
him," Chavez said.
wasn't real -- but a training scenario designed
to prepare local officers in case a shooting
occurs at a workplace, school or other location.
Chavez -- one of
100 officers from Valparaiso, Hebron, Kouts and
the Porter County authorities who underwent
"active shooter" training Friday or who will
undergo the training Monday at the school --
called the training beneficial.
"You learn you have
to be mentally prepared," Chavez said. "If you
haven't already thought about it, you're going
Each officer is
doing four hours of training, including
critiques designed to correct any mistakes. Most
have had previous training in active shooting
scenarios, but for many it was their first at a
Porter County Chief
Deputy Doug Snider said police are fortunate
Wheeler High School allowed the use of its
facility during its Presidents Day break. He
said the goal of the training is to get officers
from multiple jurisdictions to work together and
use the proper techniques of cover, concealment.
importantly, they are learning that if the
perpetrators are still harming people when the
first police unit arrives, he must go straight
to the threat and neutralize it, Snider said.
"You can't wait.
You've got to go seek it out and stop the
violence," he said.
Snider said the
Columbine school shooting in 1999 taught law
enforcement that they needed to move away from
the old policy of waiting for SWAT units to
arrive before taking on perpetrators of mass
violence. He said lives can be lost if entry is
Snider said he's
pleased with how officers are performing during
responding well and finding the problem, and not
stopping and waiting," he said.