Hattiesburg Police participate in Active Shooter Training

HATTIESBURG, MS (WDAM) - Members of the Hattiesburg Police Department took to the halls of a local school to train for an active shooter scenario.

Officers participate in active shooter training scenarios annually to become well versed in responding to incident where a large crowd may be present.

Officers attend four to five hours of classroom training before they go to a designated location to put their skills to the test.

"Every time we have different scenarios that we use different locations things like that, so they get the different layouts of the different buildings and stuff in the city," said Hattiesburg Police Lt. Jon Traxler.

The training scenarios change from places to different rolls allowing the officers to always experience something new.

"They have to react to whatever they encounter in that scenario and handle the situation and neutralize whatever the situation is," said Traxler.