Mt. Juliet police simulate school shooter scenario
MOUNT JULIET, TN (WSMV) -
One of the toughest worries for parents these days is the safety of their children while at school. But in many communities, law enforcement officers are responding ahead of any crisis with training.
On Friday in Mount Juliet, police simulated two different active-shooter training sessions - one at the high school and another at the elementary school.
Trained actors ran through the scenarios from start to finish, from the first 911 call to the final negotiation with a barricaded suspect.
For parents and police, this is a sad reminder of the world we live in.
"Unfortunately, in the time in which we live, this is something that is a reality in a lot of places and we hope and pray that an event like this never actually happens here in our city, in our county, but we want our officers to be prepared," said Mount Juliet Police Chief James Hambrick.
School resource officers were a big part of the training, too. They're the first line of response should this happen in real life.
"They want to train, they want to learn, they want to be prepared and this is only going to help the students, the teachers and the law enforcement that is involved in any type of these incidences," said Wilson County Sheriff Robert Bryan.
This was the first time they've gone through training on this scale in Mount Juliet, but it's something conducted in other Middle Tennessee communities.
For Hambrick and other police chiefs, it's something they focus on starting in the police academy.
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