Cape Girardeau police conduct active shooter training

CAPE GIRARDEAU, Mo. (KBSI) – After the Uvalde school shooting, law-enforcement officials have been seeking ways to improve how they handle active shooter situations.

On Friday, July 15, the Cape Girardeau Police Department began active shooter training. The training featured a variety of scenarios with volunteers from the community playing the victims.

“It allows our team a chance to really work together and… as close to a real-world scenario as we can create for training,” explained Cpl. Ryan Droege, Cape Girardeau Police Department Public Information Officer. “And just work on the communications and tactics we need to respond. Hopefully, we never have to have one of these scenarios in real life, but if we do, this type of training that is going to make our response as good as it can be.”

The training went through several active shooter scenarios including hostage situations, dealing with hurt victims, and how to coordinate the medical response. The practice helps officers learn what to do, should they have to respond to a worst-case scenario.

“This is an asset that we’re very fortunate to have as Cape Girardeau public schools,” said Josh Crowell, Assistant Superintendent for Cape Public Schools. “With the great partnerships that we have with the police department as well as the fire department in preparing for an event that hopefully never takes place.”

The trainings happen once a year but the police department is more than ready to protect the schools.

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