Local law enforcement prepare for active shooter situations

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Local law enforcement prepare for active shooter situations

SAINT PAUL, Neb. (KSNB) – Several law enforcement agencies came together in Saint Paul Saturday with the mission of establishing a plan of attack if an active shooter situation were to arise.

Startling new revelations were released last week regarding law enforcement’s response to the Uvalde, Texas shooting, including video showing officers waiting in a hallway outside the classroom where the shooter was.

The video highlighted the need for preparation for worst case scenarios, and several central Nebraska law enforcement agencies took time today to practice their plan.

Saint Paul Police, Howard County Sheriff and Nebraska State patrolman all gathered at Saint Paul High School to go over procedures they plan on using if they encounter an active shooter situation.

The law enforcement worked in teams to take down simulated shooters in a classroom setting, and had on-the-spot coaching from the Central Nebraska Special Response Team.

It’s preparation that some say could save lives.

“Obviously there is some stuff in Texas where they are in some hot water, not practicing this stuff is how you end of in those situations,” Paul Tartaglia with the SRT said. “So, you need to get out, you need to actually train, you need to actually put yourself under stress, and you need to be doing more than every couple of years.”

Saint Paul school officials told Local4 News they hope this training will help provide comfort.

“I think anytime you can assure families that you have looked into these situations and that everybody is prepared as possible to respond to them, I think that provides a sense of security for everyone,” said Saint Paul Public Schools Superintendent Adam Patrick.

A larger scale training is planned to be held in Saint Paul in the near future.

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