Covington Co. Law Enforcement Holds Active Shooter Training


By Catalina Trivino

Law enforcement officers in Covington County are taking a proactive approach towards safety...
Active shooter training was held Thursday in Opp. It was planned months ago... and involves what to do if there's a shooter at an elementary school.

Years ago, it was the Incident Response Team that trained for an active shooter situation -- but now, it involves all police agencies throughout Covington County.

They're suiting up and loading bullets.

It's training designed to keep Covington County students safe if gunfire ever broke out at their school.

"It's beyond control chaos, you have people running everywhere, you have screaming you have children running and crying and just absolutely the worst day that you could every imagine," Said Andalusia Chief, Wilbor Williams.

Thirty-three officers are separated into groups, taking them into deadly scenarios using a "glock pistol," used to shoot paintballs.

"Most of our training is very simplistic, but then when we add the stress, we add the adrenaline dump, then it causes our bodies to change and we react differently," Said Williams.

Instructors warn them the real thing is an emotional rollercoaster -- and although the layout of every building will be different, officers are being trained to keep the same mindset.


"It doesn't matter where it happens at. We can't control where something will happen at. What we can do is control how we're going to respond to it and the tactics and techniques that will be utilized to respond to it," Said Opp Police Chief and IRT Commander, Mike McDonald.

These are tactics used to stop the shooter and secure an area to help and transport victims -- training they hope they never have to use, but it's preparation that could save a life.

This was an all day training and even before officers went into the mock shooting, they spent the afternoon in class learning about formations and how to position their weapons.



CBS 8 also spoke with Opp City Schools Superintendent, Mike Smithart, and he says they're also training teachers to be more observant of their students in case they're carrying any weapons.