Local agencies train with FBI on active shooter response

Published: Feb. 12, 2019 at 6:32 PM CST
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This week is the first anniversary of the Stoneman Douglas High School shooting in Florida that killed more than a dozen people.

Law enforcement officers say the number of active shooter situations has increased across the country in the last several years, and schools are one of the many targets.

Several agencies like the Morton County Sheriff's office and the Burleigh County Sheriff’s Department are preparing in case the unthinkable happens in our state.

Law enforcement have to be quick on their feet when responding to shooting situations.

"Because it is stressful, you train to overcome those stressors to do your job," said Morton County Sheriff Kyle Kirchmeier.

Officers never know what they're walking into. NAT They say this could happen anywhere and officers have to be ready to go at all times.

"If any officer is out and they have to respond and they're the first one. Something like this, where you're going to be under stress getting fired back at you with ammunition rounds and stuff like that it will at least prepare you a little bit to know what might be coming," said Cpl. Josh Selle, Morton County Sheriff's Office.

The bigger picture is how they work together.

"Working with different agencies is what is a key to see how they're going to do business and how we're going to do business and how we'll integrate together," said Burleigh County Deputy Pete Strinden.

He says in many active shooter situations multiple agencies will coordinate with each other

Many deputies say a training like this vital. And they day although they don’t hope an active shooter situation happens in our state, they want to be ready and know how to work with other agencies.

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