[lin_video src=http://eplayer.clipsyndicate.com/embed/player.js?aspect_ratio=16x9&auto_next=1&auto_start=0&div_id=videoplayer-1371512623&height=480&page_count=5&pf_id=9624&show_title=1&va_id=4100005&width=640&windows=2 service=syndicaster width=640 height=480 div_id=videoplayer-1371512623 type=script]BIRMINGHAM, Ala. (WIAT)- The horrors that unfolded at Sandy Hook Elementary are still fresh on the minds of many Americans. The tragedy is a rare situation, but one for which the Homewood and Sylacauga police departments want to be ready. “It would suit me just fine if it never happened in Sylacauga, Alabama,” says SPD Chief Chris Carden. “But, I’m not going to gamble.”
With a state grant that provides active gunman training for local law enforcement, twenty-two officers from all around Talladega County met at Sylacauga High School for a day of training. “It’s 2013, and the time has come for us to be proactive in making sure that we have the very best training for the guys that are going to be responding first,” explains Chief Carden, “and that’s your guys in your black and white patrol cars.”
The Homewood Police Department is also training its force. They converged on Hall Kent Elementary so their officers could not only learn tactics, but terrain as well. “We want to ge the officers inside the schools who may or may not have been in there,” says Lt. Ken Atkinson. The training involved distractions, such as blanks being fired, in order to simulate a live situation. “When, and if, that ever happens it’s going to be one of the highest stress things you’ve ever done, because it does involve children.”
Sylacauga’s training will go on through Tuesday, while Homewood will go through Thursday.