Training for the Worst

RRPJ-Active shooter TOP-18Jul20

If you passed by Red River High School last week you may have noticed that the parking lot was full of vehicles from the sheriff’s department. There was no emergency, however deputies were making preparations for the unthinkable.

The week of July 9, 2018 thirty-one Red River Parish Sheriff’s deputies and one Coushatta police officer participated in Active Shooter Response training. Certified instructors with the Shreveport City Marshal’s Office conducted the training, with civilian volunteers assisting as perpetrators and victims. The activities took place on the Red River Senior/Junior High campus while school was not in session.

The purpose of the exercise was to provide scenario-based training to our law enforcement officers in a simulated critical incident/active shooter environment. The hands-on training was intense and exposed officers to realistic scenarios while utilizing non-lethal training ammunition.

The exercises were designed to instill, enhance and reinforce instinctive officer survival skills by implementing fast paced tactical techniques. The objective is to locate and eliminate threats as quickly as possible in order to protect potential victims, while reducing law enforcement injuries and/or deaths.

In today’s world, preparation and training for these unthinkable events are critical. Sheriff Edwards would like to thank the Shreveport City Marshal’s Office for leading the training, the volunteers for their participation and Red River Parish School Superintendent Alison Hughes and staff for use of school facilities.

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