Reserve officers train for active shooter scenario

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Protecting the public from the random violence of an active shooter – it’s become an increasingly important scenario for police officers to address, and that’s why reserve officers from Muncie spent part of their weekend in a special training session.

While the drama looks very real, it’s only a drill. In this scenario, there’s a gunman on the loose in an office building.

“We’re putting them through a situation that’s as real as possible to an actual incident,” said reserve officer Jay Dotson, who also serves as a consultant for Lighthouse Readiness Group, a local company that provides various types of disaster preparedness training.

Trainees also had to deal with sirens, flashing lights, and distractions like trip wires, lurking at every corner.

“One of the phrases we use in law enforcement is, ‘We train like we fight, and we fight like we train,’” Dotson said. “So we want to train as close to the actual situation as possible, so if they ever do have to respond to an active shooter situation, that they’re in a situation where they feel somewhat familiar.”

“The biggest thing is communication and trying to maintain security all around while everyone is looking for the threats,” said trainee Richard Little.

The bullets they use aren’t real, but they do sting.

Trainee Jennifer Perez took one of the air-soft bullets right to the face.

“I got the nice battle wound to prove it,” she said. “It’s hard to do when your heart is pounding out of your chest.”

“You have to keep your eyes open,” said trainee Corey Gunter. “You have to make sure you address any threats.”

And after tragic events like the shooting at Sandy Hook elementary, trainees hope it’s training they never have to use.

“You don’t expect those things to ever happen, but it can happen anywhere,” said Perez. “It’s all really good information even if you were somebody who was just a bystander or you get caught as a victim.”

“Universities, schools, malls, any type of business all need to have some sort of disaster plan in place,” said Dotson. “A lot of the officers who are together today may not work together, they may have never worked together before, but this training will build that teamwork and put them in a position where they have a tactical advantage in this type of situation.”

17 comments

  • Hate

    Yeah, Let The Police Save You. They’ll Only Take 5 Minutes To Get There. DON’T BE THE SHEEP. ARM YOURSELF.

    • Guy

      the only protection we have against this facist government is ourselves! why do you think they want gun bans???? they are scared of the people and they should be! this is OUR country, not the Obama-government country.

    • Aaron D

      911 is not a number that you call for help. 911 is the numder that you call to tell them what has happened.

  • Ingo Sucks

    Make up your conserva-tard mind, Guy, is the government fascist or leftist? I doubt that you know the difference.

    It must kill you that a black man is President. And elected TWICE! LOL! Keep pounding sand, hillbilly, your kind is dying off. And not a moment too soon, I say!

    • Hate

      It Must Kill You To Know You Voted For The Worst President Since Jimmy Carter Because You Felt You Had To Give The Shit Skin A Chance. Good Job Helping Ruin This Country With Faggots And Niggers Fucking Everything Up. I Hippie You Die Of AIDS

  • MARK T

    training for civil unrest on the horizon more ya train in peace less you bleed in war? two sides to that story awell diceplined militia is nessacary gov fucked up and fucking up insisting people live in fear revolution may be the only answer ! wonder if those scenerios training for if oath to our Constitution comes into mind or duty?

  • WASTEOFTIME

    "Reserve" cops are just wannabees. You can't train to protect against an "active" shooter like this. As we've seen countless times if someone wants to go in someplace and shoot it up, they'll be done and have killed numerous people including themselves 10 minutes before the cops even get there. All the training needs to be aimed at citizens learning to protect themselves the cops can't do it in these cases. Why weren't the real cops in this training just "reserves", what a joke. I know when I'm out in public or think about protecting kids at school reserve cops are the first thing that comes to my mind, lol…..

    • Anthony

      You should be grateful that you have reserve officers wanting to protect your ungrateful self! More than likely it will be a reserve to save your life. Don't bash the ones that are trying to help people in need and want to make there place better and safer!! Actually "RESERVE" cops have the SAME POWER as a Full-Time!!

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