SAVANNAH, GA (December 14, 2018) – This week, a group of Savannah Police officers received the necessary training to educate other officers on how to handle an active shooter scenario.

“Our Training Unit has worked very hard this year to bring relevant and critical trainings to our department,” said Sgt. William Bailey, of the Training Unit. “Now more than ever, it is very important for our department to stay up-to-date on the best practices when dealing with an active shooter situation. That’s why having this ‘Training the Trainer’ course was high on our priority list.”

The Savannah Police Department welcomed instructors from the LSU- National Center for Biomedical Research and Training/Academy of Counter Terrorist Education (LSU-NCBRT/ACE) to the city to train not only SPD officers, but officers from the Chatham County Police Department, Board of Education, Georgia Ports Authority and the Chatham County Sheriff’s Office. This four-day course gave officers the tactical training needed to reduce threat to human safety, security and critical infrastructure when dealing with an active gunman.

“As first responders, we have to stay prepared for any emergency situation that may arise,” said Assistant Chief Robert Gavin. “An active shooter can happen anytime, anywhere, so it was important for us to not only have the training, but to open it up to surrounding agencies. This collaborative effort makes for a more resilient community, and helps everyone have the necessary skills to respond to potentially devastating situations.”

This training was completely funded by the Department of Homeland Security and the Federal Emergency Management Agency. Those that participated in the training are now certified trainers and are able to teach this class to other law enforcement officers.

According to their website, the mission of LSU-NCBRT/ACE is to influence, develop, and deliver specialized training and education, providing the skills necessary to prepare for, respond to, and recover from complex threats and high-consequence events.

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