CLARK CO, Ill. (WTHI) - It's not something parents want to think about, but police have been training for it for decades.
In the first part of Security Blanket, we took you inside to see how they're doing it. It's a method called active shooter training.
To understand it, you have to go back to Columbine. You probably remember it as one of the most tragic, horrific incidents in U.S. history.
There were two gunmen. Thirteen people were killed and 22 were wounded in 45 minutes. Four hours later, the suspects were found dead.
Back then, the SWAT team used something called a containment strategy. That's where they would organize outside before going in to neutralize the danger, but now, things are different.
"You have to put your plan together, get another person there and you have to go, and the rest of them will have to catch up with you as they go, cause the longer you wait, the more precious time is lost and more lives are lost," Clark County Sheriff, Jerry Parsley said.
You could call Parsley an expert on the topic. He's been instructing rapid deployment training for decades.
He's taught countless men and women how to have a different mentality from the SWAT team members who were instructed in Columbine.
"The difference between what they did and what we they did and what we have been trained in is that we don't stop. We go irregardless of the harm to us," Parsley said.
Their mission is to stop the threat first, and then make sure they're safe. It's not just in Clark County and not just in schools.
Since News 10 started work on this story, multiple separate active shooter trainings have happened all over the Valley.
You would think Sandy Hook was the catalyst, but this isn't a new technique. The cold facts remain, these tragedies can happen, but some officers are studying to keep the danger at bay.
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