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Barnitz commends Pulaski County for sponsoring active shooter training
Barnitz commends Pulaski County for sponsoring active shooter training

State Senator Frank Barnitz
JEFFERSON CITY, Mo. (May 6, 2010) — Sen. Frank Barnitz, D-Lake Spring, commended local law enforcement in the Pulaski County area for working together during a two-day training session on rapid response to active shooters in Waynesville. Barnitz attended the training on May 1 to observe the exercises and simulations.

The training for law enforcement participants included instruction and actual scenarios of active shooter situations, using the old Waynesville Technical Academy building to simulate actual events in public and private buildings. Practical exercises included simulations of a lone active shooter, several shooters, and an IED incident. The deputies from the Pulaski County Sheriff’s Department and military police stationed at Fort Leonard Wood participated in the exercise.

“This valuable training provided hands-on experience of actual scenarios that law enforcement could encounter,” said Barnitz. “It effectively protects our community if this simulation were to become a reality.”

The course was instructed by a group called ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) based out of the Texas State University Department of Criminal Justice. Since 2002, ALERRT has trained more than 22,000 first responding officers throughout the nation. Federal grants help to fund the training.

“If an unfortunate event like this were to occur, this training equips the first responders with the skills to safely and effectively respond to and stop an active shooter,” Barnitz said. “It also forces collaboration of local law enforcement jurisdictions, calling on Pulaski County sheriffs, city police, the highway patrol, and military police to work together as one team.”


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Jefferson City, MO 65101

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