Local law enforcement begins active shooting training

NACOGDOCHES, TX (KTRE) - Local law enforcement is responding to the string of mass shootings in a very big way. It's called active shooter training and it's a form of training that teaches officers how to take down an armed shooter in public places.

Over the past five years, the United States has had over fifteen high casualty shooting situations. It's a jaw-dropping fact and the number one reason Nacogdoches Sheriff Jason Bridges wants his officers prepared if an active shooter strikes.

"We have several of our officers here that are on the S.W.A.T. team that have a high level of training already. So we want to help them incorporate our regular patrol deputies so that level of training continues on a daily basis, a weekly basis. So you know that training is not forgotten," Sheriff Bridges said.

Bridges told KTRE news that he plans on training his officers every year, starting in February.

But Nacogdoches isn't the only city doing training for these situations.

KTRE news asked the Lufkin Police Department about their active shooter techniques, but they declined to comment. But Detective J.B. Smith said the department follows the Alerrt system created by Texas State, which includes seven levels of responses to terrorist threats including shootings in public places.

Bridges says that no matter how hard his men train, active shooters can pop up anywhere. He says the public needs to be alert.

"Well, the first thing is you should always be aware of your surroundings. One of the things I do when I go inside a building is I'm always aware of my surroundings. I'm always aware of where the exit point entries are. I'm a people person watcher so especially when I go in I'm looking at folks so if someone stands out to me it grabs my attention," Sheriff Bridges said.

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