In light of the tragedy at Sandy Hook Elementary School in Newtown, Conn., local law enforcement agencies across the country began looking into new and different solutions when dealing with armed intruders.
The Washington Country Sheriff’s Office was no different, as Sheriff Ed Graybeal wanted his department to seek out a program in which the officers would be trained to instruct teachers and school administrators on how to deal with a school intruder situation internally, according to WCSO Capt. Bryan Horton.
With the assistance of Safariland Training Group from Jacksonville, Fla., local law enforcement personnel, a Washington County school administrator and volunteers participated in a two-day intruder training course that the company developed. The training in Washington County was the first in the nation using the group’s pilot program, which focuses less on school lockdowns and more on strategies, such as exiting schools safely and fighting off intruders to save lives.
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