The class is part of the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training Program taught by the Alabama Department of Public Safety. The Alabama Department of Homeland Security advocates that all law enforcement personnel have this training to deal with an incident, should it occur.
According to the course description, the course “is designed to prepare the first responder to isolate, distract and neutralize an active shooter.”
The two-day class can accommodate 30 law enforcement officers and each agency in the county has been invited to send attendees.
“It’s essential to have quality training for all the law enforcement agents in the county so all the area officers will be on the same page if an incident does occur,” Sumiton Assistant Police Chief Scott Karr said.
Walker County School Superintendent Jason Adkins said this is part of a partnership between the schools and local authorities to prevent an incident from occurring as well as decreasing response time if an incident does occur.
“You hope you don’t ever have to use it, but we want to take advantage of any opportunity to train and educate officers who might be able to intervene if an incident occurs,” Adkins said. “This is part of an ongoing, continual process of being vigilant.”
Officers participating in the class will receive classroom training on the first day at the Sumiton Community Center and will culminate with “force-on-force” training at the closed Townley School location to give officers experience in a real world setting. Each officer will also receive 16 hours of Continuing Education Units.