Local law enforcement leaders take 'Active Shooter' training course

Local law enforcement leaders take 'Active Shooter' training course

CONWAY, SC (WMBF) - With active shooter situations becoming more frequent in recent years, local law enforcement heads are learning how to react to those calls if they were to happen.

That is why a seminar was held at the J. Reuben Long Detention Center in Horry County.

Over 80 police chiefs and higher-ups attended the two-day lecture, which was organized by special agents from the FBI. The point of the meeting was to learn tactics and help agencies work together in order to save lives.

The meeting ended with a reference to the 80s action film "Die Hard," which deals with a terrorist attack on U.S. soil. Special agent John Chadwick said sometimes the movies can get it wrong.

"The old 'Die Hard' stereotype response would be to show up on a major scene and immediately take over whatever the police are doing. That is one of the core tenants we are trying to get across here is that it's not our mission to do that. The FBI, at its core, is a support organization for state and local partners," Chadwick said.

Several of those partners were in attendance. including Myrtle Beach Police Chief Warren Gall, and Horry County Sheriff Deputy Tom Fox.

"In light of the active shooters we've had across the country, both in the schools and colleges and in the movie theaters and things like that, it's a refresher to remind us of the resources the federal government has to offer us, especially in the areas of training and victim services." Gall said.

The class teaches how to handle the stresses of an emergency situation and prevent loss of life, as well as distribute proper information to the media.

"Reinforcing that the media is not our adversary as law enforcement. In this type of event, it can be used as a tool, a very effective tool, to re-insure the public," Chadwick said.

He added the meeting also focuses on preventing catastrophe, not just reacting to it. Local authorities said they want to have the knowledge to protect their own citizens, and sometimes that means asking for help.

"We're going to be able to manage the situation after the fact, which could go from days to months. It's just going to overwhelm what we have available so we have to know where to go to get some help." Gall said.

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