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Deputies Get First-Hand Training On Handling School Threats

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Local schools and law enforcement have been re-evaluating their emergency procedures after the shooting at Sandy Hook Elementary School in December.

School officials have been looking for loopholes and ways to improve your child's safety.

In a few months, districts have made significant changes to make schools safer, including one program that goes against what has been taught in the past.

Tuesday afternoon, the Pickaway County Sheriff's Office conducted active shooter training at Westfall High School.

Over two days, 44 deputies will be learning from Franklin County Sheriff's Office SWAT team on the proper techniques to enter a building during a threat.

Once inside, deputies are shown formations on how to approach classrooms and how to keep students safe.

Pickaway County Sheriff Robert Radcliff said the deputies are the primary response agency for two school districts, but they would call Franklin County SWAT officers if the situation escalated.

"If we had to use any force beyond our people, it would be Franklin County SWAT team … who we would call in. We wanted them to do the training. We also wanted them to be able to tell us what they expect from us when they arrive on the scene," Radcliff said.

Other law enforcement agencies are trying to help school districts prepare if there is an active shooter in the school.

New Albany police completed the ALICE training program last year, which stands for Alert, Lock down, Inform, Counter, and Evaluation.

Officer Kevin Deckop is the New Albany school resource officer, and said he wanted to give teachers options.

"It gives the teachers options. It tells them … there are choices you can make. Maybe it's get out of the building because the shooter is nowhere near you. Maybe it's jumping out a window or just causing distractions to make noise to divert the problem," Deckop said.

The active shooter training at Westfall will continue Wednesday, and on Thursday, the sheriff said deputies will meet with the superintendent to review policies and conduct school evaluations.

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