JPD tackles extensive active killer training

JPD tackles extensive active killer training
Officers are practicing real-life active killer scenarios at Jonesboro High School (Source: KAIT)
Officers are practicing real-life active killer scenarios at Jonesboro High School (Source: KAIT)

JONESBORO, AR (KAIT) - Jonesboro Police Department has partnered with a company out of Texas to take on advance active killer training.

According to Sgt. Lyle Waterworth, officers have been inside Jonesboro High School roaming the hallways, taking on extensive training.

"This group is out of San Marcos, Texas who has trained law enforcement officers throughout the entire country," said Waterworth.

The program is called ALERRT, which stands for Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training.

Waterworth said this is different than active shooter training.

"not every situation involves a person with a gun," said Waterworth. "It could be someone with a knife, a car, or someone with explosive devices. This teaches us how to respond in any way to engage whatever threat may be out there."

Though the police department utilized the JHS campus, the training is not specifically targeted at schools.

"We are learning how to respond as a single officer, as a group," said Waterworth. "We are learning about work place violence, domestic situations, so many different scenarios. We can no longer wait for anything to happen, we have to go and respond direct to the threat to stop it."

The training is hosted on JHS campus and will last for two weeks.

Every Jonesboro police officer will leave the training on the same page as an ALERRT Level One certified officer.

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