Active shooter training underway

The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office's active shooter training gave officers a first hand look at responding to an active shooting situation.

Posted: Nov. 28, 2018 4:31 AM

LAFAYETTE, Ind. (WLFI) -  The Tippecanoe County Sheriff's Office's active shooter training gave officers a first hand look at responding to an active shooting situation.

"It's one thing to do something theoretically and learn it that way, but to actually do hands on is a very different dynamic," said Sergeant Leonard Halascsak 

Leonard is leading the training sessions. The Sergeant thinks the multiple simulations provided a true hands on learning experience.
"The first scenario, we are having an active shooter or killer as they are starting to call them now, in a particular office. And the officers are responding," he explained.

The second scenario included a gunman taking a hostage. Officers were also responsible for providing aid to those injured.
"You have multiple people in the room that you also have to deal with. So how are you going to take care of these people, make sure none of them are also threats, and if there are injured, administering aid," said Halascsak.

But the simulations are more than just training. For Halascsak, it highlights the importance of getting to safety in a real shooting setting.
"The best thing to do is to get out of that situation. Protect yourself and get out of that situation," he said.

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