GEORGETOWN COUNTY, SC (WMBF) - Local officers use hands-on training to become better prepared to save lives in case of an active shooter situation.
Training officers with the Georgetown County Sheriff's Office feel that officers in today's world need to be ready to jump into action at any moment especially in light of recent events just miles away.
"We always try to tell our officers, it can happen here, it can happen anywhere. Just as you see in Charleston, that's here, that's close," Sgt. Gary Todd said.
Training Officer Sergeant Gary Todd says they use real life situations, along with real life distractions including running cars and loud radios.
"We try to make it as realistic as we can. We have simulation guns we use, training guns as well, and real life scenarios that deal with day to day operations and activities," Todd explained.
Even though this is day one of a four day training, and more than 80 officers will take part, Sergeant Todd says officers can't waste any time and need to know what to do alone too.
"Instead of waiting on back up or swat, they deal with the threat accordingly and as quickly as they can to save as many lives as possible, in a timely manner, as quickly as possible," he said.
From a man down, to innocent bystanders in panic, to disarming the shooter, this training covers all bases but officers want YOU to be prepared too.
"I think the biggest thing is having a plan in place, whether it's a business, or workers," Todd said.
This is the second year for what will be mandatory annual training. Though these situations are unimaginable for most, Sgt. Todd says officers need to be ready no matter what.
"I think it's important, number one just for officers to be able to understand, and learn. Learning is the biggest thing when you're training. It comes back to your training you've dealt with over the years, and how you deal with it and deal with it the right way," he added.
Sgt. Todd says they've been doing indoor and outdoor training and they also speak with the public and local businesses about what to do in an active shooter situation. Officers will continue training through Thursday and two more days in October.