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Mass Shooting Training

By: Barclay Pollak Email
By: Barclay Pollak Email

Posted Friday March 22, 2013 --- 4:15 p.m.

Moments after opening fire a fake gunmen is dropped by two Rock County law enforcement officials. The threat is not real but for the participating officers everything else is.

" Your blood pressure starts to raise and the adrenaline kicks in. "

Sgt. Jay Wood and his partner from the Evansville Police Department walked through two scenarios today. In the first scenario there's an unwanted person on The UW Rock County campus. Sgt. Wood disarms the subject and takes him into custody before the situation escalates.

In the other situation there's an active shooter on campus and several people have already been wounded or killed.

Sgt. Wood says, " It's hard to predict what a person is going to do. Will he be violent? Will he be compliant? Or will he be somewhere in between. "

To make things even more challenging the Rock County Sheriff's Department tries to pick locations they haven't been before like the UW Rock County campus.

" If you get too much familiarization in training, officers tend to get a little more lax, a little more laid back."

According to Sgt. Wayne Hansen twice per year his agency invites other law enforcement officials to these training's. This time they're focusing on a classroom setting partially due to the Sandy Hook shooting tragedy.

Sgt. Hansen says, " Every time a new incident occurs our training intensifies more. We learn more tactics we learn different ways of doing things."


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