Jackson Police and Fire departments take part in active shooter response training

JACKSON, Mo. (KBSI) – According to “Guardian Defense,” due to the unique nature of statewide school systems, active shooter training must be customized to meet the needs of educational communities.

Guardian Defense is a company that offers active shooter training to schools.

An active shooter training session with the Jackson Police Department recently took place at Jackson High School.

Jackson Assistant Chief of Police Alex Broch: “Even with training, nothing can ever prepare you. So, the best way to prepare is knowing how to respond. “We’re just focusing on response to a situation like this, and how we would react during the situation and after the situation.”

The FBI defines active shooter as: “an individual actively engaged in killing or attempting to kill people in a populated area”.

The term active shooter training is a series of training strategies designed to minimize mass causalities in the event of an active shooter or active threat.

Added Broch: “Unfortunately, you just never know when something like that would occur, or if it would ever occur. But you must be ready regardless. And we [would] rather take the route of being prepared then not be prepared when a situation like that would happen.”

Guardian Defense states: “When an active shooter enters a school, teachers, staff and administrators are not aware of how to respond to the situation. Although the police officers, firefighters, and EMTs know how to respond when they arrive at the scene, by then it is too late. Most of the killing has been done minutes before these personnel arrive.”

Jackson High School was out of session during the training sessions.

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