AUGUST 8, 2006 -- POSTED AT 10:30 P.M. CDT
JONESBORO, AR -- It's a situation every parent fears, but reality has proved that school shootings continue to remain a possibility. That's why the Jonesboro Police Department brought in an expert tactics trainer for their officers, teaching them to respond, if the unthinkable is to happen.
"This is an active shooter program which is somebody with a gun actively shooting people, engaging people, whether it's inside of a building or outside on a roadway or in a mall. They're learning how to move towards that threat and eliminate that threat," says Chuck Habermehl, an expert tactics trainer.
Most of the officers participating in 2 day training session are school resource officers for Jonesboro School District.
"Working in a school, it involves moving down a hallway safely, moving into the room safely, trying to locate where the shooter might be. And then once they locate him, how to successfully move in and eliminate that threat, without being a hazard to themselves or having any victims being injured," says Habermehl.
But not all of the officers work inside a school, some volunteered to take in the additional training, although they all agree they hope it's knowledge they'll never have to use.
"Hopefully they'll never have to use it in their career, but it's better to have it and not need it, than to need it and not have it," says Lt. Roy Coleman, Jonesboro Police Department.
"Everybody that carries a badge for a living that works where they could respond to a crisis call needs to have this type of training," says Habermehl.
Lieutenant Coleman says the Jonesboro Police Unit hopes this training also give a sense of reassurance to parents.
"Realize that we're doing everything we can to be prepared to protect their kids in school and out of school," says Lt. Coleman.