School resource officers go through life-saving training - FOX Carolina 21

School resource officers go through life-saving training

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ANDERSON, SC (FOX Carolina) -

Anderson County deputies spent Thursday morning going through active shooter training at Westside High School.

Sheriff John Skipper said the training refreshes the skills of veteran officers and brings new officers up to speed.

"It gets them mentally prepared for things that may happen," Skipper said. "We also work with teachers and administrators so they know what we can do and what they can do to be prepared."

All of the county's school resource officers (SRO's) took part in the training. Skipper said looking for a shooter in a school presents unique challenges.

"It is a difficult situation," Skipper said. "You can't be too fast but you  can't be too slow."

During nearly a week of training the SRO's also received specialized medical training and will now carry first-aid packs meant to treat traumatic injuries.

Anderson District Five spokesman Kyle Newton said the training should give parents peace of mind.

"Safety is our top priority," Newton said. "If students aren't in a safe environment learning can't take place."

Part of the SRO training also teaches them to build relationships with students. Emergency Services director Taylor Jones said relationships can be the key to preventing a tragedy like an active shooter.

"Around the nation many things have been foiled because of those relationships," Jones said. "We want them to build strong relationships so the students come forward with information."

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