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Law enforcement prepares for school shootings

3 years 9 months 3 weeks ago August 02, 2013 Aug 2, 2013 Friday, August 02 2013 August 02, 2013 5:48 PM in News
Source: WBRZ
By: Troy Gaulden

BATON ROUGE - Today several law enforcement agencies took part in a training exercise placing a gunman at the LSU Lab School.

Officers say a shooter on campus is something no one wants to see, but they have to be prepared for.

"There are so many different variables and so many different times and places that these can take place, so there's a lot of different variables that the instructors are interjecting into the training to see how they react and to see how these officers can learn from those situations," said LSU Police Capt. Cory Lalonde.

During the exercise student workers took on the role of shooting victims lying in hallways while officers approached the shooter. Police officers feel the training prepares them to do their best.

LSU Police, Baton Rouge Police, Louisiana State Police and the East Baton Rouge Sheriff's Office took part in the active shooter training with the FBI.

"You can always be exposed to different situations, so the more training the better, and if it ever happens we will be prepared for it," said LSU Police Officer Jakouri Williams.

"You can't hope for a higher-level of training and... we just take what we can and hopefully we never have to use it," said LSU Police Officer Sarah Drake.

Lalonde says LSU Police try to learn from past shooting like Columbine and Newtown.

"Every incident that happens nationwide, we try to learn from it. We try to look at some of the specifics and try to see what affects our plans and what affects our training and how we can change the training and adapt to it," said Lalonde.

The exercise also allows the different agencies to build relationships and work together. Lalonde says LSU PD plans to do more training exercises in the future on a larger scale.

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