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Officers Take Part in Active Shooter Training
Filer, Idaho ( KMVT-TV / KTWT-TV )
The scene at Filer Elementary School was an unusual one on Saturday.
Local officers took to the school grounds for a day of training on active school shootings.
Says Eric Foster, Chief of Police in Buhl, "its been prompted by some incidents nationwide and the citizens of Buhl and the school district have asked that we continue to train like this. We're answering that call from those different people to be ready in case something does happen."
Sgt. John Darnall of the Filer Police Department adds, "school shootings… it seems like once or twice a month and it’s necessary for these officers to be up on the new tactics and learn new things everyday so we can be in there to save lives and take care of the threat when its necessary.”
Throughout the day eighteen officers from four different police departments in the area took part in the extensive training.
Notes Foster, the goal is “to get the officers from our department, Filer, Wendell, Kimberly and some of the participants today up to speed and a refresher on training and how to respond to this type of incident."
Five training exercises were used to mock scenarios area police departments might face.
Darnall explains, "it’s geared around a one or two officer response. The smaller agencies around the Magic Valley have one or two officers at a time so we have to gear our response a little differently."
Taking measures to keep Idaho's schools safe.