Henry County officers and deputies train for active shooter situations

Henry County officers and deputies train for active shooter situations

ABBEVILLE, Ala. (WDHN) — 15 Henry County law enforcement officials took to the classroom on Friday to work on what to do in case of an active shooter or emergency situation.

In light of all of the recent mass shootings across the nation, groups here in the Wiregrass are starting to take action.

One of those groups is law enforcement in Henry County as they are making sure they are prepared if there were to be an active shooter situation within the school walls.

“It’s just really important for everybody to be very familiar with the school,” Henry County Sheriff’s Office, Sgt. Joshua Moore said. “Front, back, inside, and out.”

During the training, officers and deputies practiced different techniques which will allow them to have eyes on every room when checking for an active shooter.

The instructors also showed the 15 officers and deputies other techniques and when might be the best time to use a certain technique.

“If we can take the debriefs of other incidents and take what they did wrong, what they did right, and we can incorporate it into our training, so we are coming together to be the best we can be for all of the citizens here,” Training Instructor, Eric Blankenship said.

Henry County Schools and Abbeville Christian Academy opened their doors for this training as they want to bring safety to the forefront.

“They cannot learn, their academics will not improve, they will not improve athletically if they don’t feel safe,” Abbeville Christian Academy Headmaster, Amanda Ates said.

“That is my top priority,” Henry County Superintendent, Lori Beasley said. “To make sure that we put everything in place. To at least slow down whatever threat may be coming.”

There is one student resource officer at each Henry County School and they were in attendance during the training. They were able to give the others a tour of the school, so they know where to go if the need arises.

“So it’s very imperative they know how to get into a school and where to go to so they can help him,” Blankenship said.

Officers and deputies started the morning in Abbeville and finished the day training at the schools in Headland.

The instructors also provided the officers and deputies with maps of all of the schools in the county, so that if an incident occurs, they will be ready.