Area SWAT Team Trains School Resource Officers
Published November 27th, 2013
GAINESVILLE- The anniversary of the Sandy Hook Shooting is just days away and still fresh in the minds of people across the country.
School may be out for students on Thanksgiving break but there are lessons still to be learned by law enforcement in North Central Florida.
Officers used Glen Springs Elementary to simulate active shooter situations.
Training instructors say they're preparing school resource officers for the worst case scenario.
Gainesville Police Department, Officer Bob Gebhardt says, "since the Sandy Hook incident we've put school resource officers in all our elementary schools so we have a lot of new people now, so we've been bringing them up to speed ,making sure their tactics, their decision making... We do shoot/no shoot scenarios where you have to identify a threat and no threat."
During active shooter training officers used simunition or non lethal rounds to help make the scenario more real.
Gebhardt describes marksmanship as a perishable skill that school resource officers need to routinely polish.
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