The Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office earlier today held a training focused on responding to a school shooting.
The first portion of the training, held at General Ray Davis Middle School, included a presentation by Special Agent in Charge Wayne Smith with the Georgia Bureau of Investigation. The presentation gave an overview of mass shootings and covered case studies of historical incidents including several school shootings. Following the presentation, deputies ran through tactical drills inside the hallways and classrooms of the school to simulate various active shooter scenarios.
“This was a great opportunity for us to focus on the safety of Rockdale County students and teachers in the event of a school shooting,” said Sheriff Eric Levett. “We hope that we never have to use this sort of training, but we are going to ensure that our deputies have the knowledge and tactical skills to respond to a worst case scenario.”
Overall, forty deputies and investigators from the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office participated in the training. Participants came from various divisions and units including the Criminal Investigations Division, Uniform Patrol Division and the Warrants & Civil Division. The Community-Oriented Policing (COPS) Unit, which includes all School Resource Officers, was also included in the training. Several Rockdale County Public Schools’ administrators were in attendance as well, and were able to observe several of the scenarios.
During the school shooting training, the Rockdale County Sheriff’s Office Mobile Command Vehicle was set up in the school parking lot. The Mobile Command Vehicle team members were able to practice the setup/breakdown process and ensure functionality of the equipment onboard as if they were responding to an actual emergency deployment.