COLUMBIA, MS (WDAM) - Members of the Lamar County Sheriff's Department spent the day at the Columbia Law Enforcement Training Academy training for active shooter situations.
Deputies on each shift will participate in the training that runs through multiple scenarios with role players and simunition rounds.
"We bring in role players, we use simunition weapons, we give them a scenario they are responding to, they have to enter several buildings we have out here on site with different roles they have to play and go through all the scenarios we put up for them," Lamar County Sheriff's Department Deputy James Murray said.
Officers ran through multiple buildings each with a different scenario, training for the worst case scenario.
"Patrol officers 9 times out of 10, are the first ones on the scene if you have a SWAT based call out or something, they are coming later, so the patrol deputies need this type of training too," Murray said. "We do advanced in-service training several times a year with topics like this along with the simunition weapons to bring it as real as we possibly get for the training environment for them."
The training varies from location to location and is always changing and adding new obstacles or new challenges for officers to handle and defuse while training.
"In today's society you never know, even if you are not assigned to patrol, rolling the streets you've got detectives and other admin-type personnel that could just be driving from point a to point b, going to lunch or whatever and something like this happen," Murray said. "We are going to need every able law enforcement officer to help rectify some of these situations if that happens."
The department trains with multiple other agencies, including a little help from Marion County Deputies as role players in this scenario, and in the long run, it benefits them all.
"We all have families, we all have wives, kids we want to go home to, have the soccer games on the weekends the stuff like that that we all like to enjoy, and it's a rough 12 hours sometimes especially in today's society with what we are dealing with," Murray said.
The department will finish out its training this week at the facility in Columbia.