TERRE HAUTE, Ind. (WTHI) - Multiple law enforcement agencies met in Terre Haute Thursday morning to practice active shooter training.
But this time, they've added on something a little different.
It's a scary situation to be in.
Hearing shots fired as you're going about daily business.
But it's something law enforcement deals with all too frequently.
Terre Haute police Assistant Chief Shawn Keen said they're used to dealing with the initial suspect in a shooter scenario.
But now, they've realized one part of their training isn't up to par.
So they're working to remedy that.
"We're going beyond just dealing with the initial suspect, now we're also focusing on what happens once that part of the situation is resolved. We're looking at triage, evacuation, focusing more on that. What, we've deemed in the past that training maybe isn't quite as sufficient," said Chief Keen.
They want to focus on what happens once the shooter is no longer a threat.
"What we're going to have to deal with as far as getting injured out, evacuations, perimeter control, and crowd control in those situations," said Chief Keen.
"Not just dealing with the initial threat, but also, everything that's going to correspond to that. All the events, it would involve a lot of people, a lot of agencies, different members," said Chief Keen.
And they decided the best way to accomplish this is to train with other law enforcement agencies in the area.
"We started looking at this realistically. And realistically, a response to an active shooter, it's not going to be one agency or the other. It's going to be whoever's closest," said Chief Keen.
"because every second counts. And we realized right away the problems that can result from not training together."
Training together made them realize they all have different methods, but that's something they can fix.
Training together also made them realize, they all have one thing in common.
"Respective of different policies, our goal is all the same. To protect people, and get everyone out safely, those who are injured, treated as quickly as possible," said Chief Keen.
Chief Keen said they hope to expand their training. They would like to include fire departments, EMS, and the school corporation.
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