Fulton police, schools cooperate on active shooter drills

Armed with airsoft guns, John Williams, Brandi Blankenship and Anthony Bell practice taking position in a Fulton Middle School during active shooter training the Fulton Police Department held there Wednesday. The police department and Fulton Public Schools are increasing the bredth of their preparedness training for a school shooter incident to include the middle and elementary schools following the Sandy Hook shooting.

Armed with airsoft guns, John Williams, Brandi Blankenship and Anthony Bell practice taking position in a Fulton Middle School during active shooter training the Fulton Police Department held there Wednesday. The police department and Fulton Public Schools are increasing the bredth of their preparedness training for a school shooter incident to include the middle and elementary schools following the Sandy Hook shooting. Photo by Dean Asher.

While Fulton’s middle schoolers were out on spring break, a group of about 12 Fulton police officers were hard at work Wednesday studying to keep students safe in the event of a tragedy.

The police department ran active shooter drills through Fulton Middle School as part of an ongoing effort to be prepared in the event of a shooting. The district also has a team of experts coming in to do district-wide preparedness training for staff in September.

The active shooter course the police ran was hosted by Maj. Roger Rice and Sgt. Garrett Poole, who gave the officers a tour of the building and ran through a variety of drills.

“God forbid it does happen here, we want to be prepared for it,” said Poole. The department does training drills multiple times a year for an incident at Fulton schools. “We’re ready, absolutely.”

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