Just days after the mass shooting in a Colorado movie theater, local law enforcement officers are preparing themselves for similar situations.
"Everybody always says, that it cant happen to them and it wont happen here, but its just a matter of time before something like this easily could happen," said Sgt. William West with the Georgia State Patrol.
Georgia State Patrol Troopers are preparing for the worst situations. A new course is teaching them how to respond to active shooters.
"Makes us more aware of how to go into a building where an active shooter is and it helps us to know how to clear rooms as we move throughout a building looking for a shooter," said Georgia State Patrol Sgt. Tommy Peeples.
Lieutenant Scott Woodell with the Georgia Department of Public Safety has helped teach the two day course at Thomas County Central High School.
"A school environment is one of the most complex environments for them to navigate," he said. "If they can work through a school environment, they can pretty much do just about anything thrown at them."
Through role playing situations, the troopers applied the tactics they learned in the classroom, to gain hands on experience.
"It gives the average officer or first responder to an active shooter situation a basis of what to expect," said Sgt. Daniel Lindsay of the Moultrie Police Department.
That knowledge could be the difference between life and death.
"For each second that you delay responding to that shooting, there's another potential victim there," added Lt. Woodell.
From now until the end of the year, more than 1000 local law enforcement officials will receive this special training.
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