In a situation where minutes matter, Lafayette police say active shooter training on timing, teamwork

LAFAYETTE, La. (KLFY) — While the consequences of the Uvalde killings weigh heavily on the minds of parents and community members, the La Fayette Police Station says it refines how officers react to the active shooter situation.

In a situation where a few minutes can be the difference between life and death, police say they want to make sure they can save as many lives as possible from another shooter situation.

“Especially with today’s events unfolding, we like to stay up to date with our training. We want to make sure we know what we need to do in the event that an active shooter situation might arise at the future,” police spokesman Sgt. Robin Green said.

“You call it an active shooter, but we call it an active killer because that’s what this person does,” said the cap. Miles said.

Corporal Derrick Miles, the SWAT school’s resource officer, says the LPD stays on top of their training programs.

Corporal Miles and Corporal Huval are active marksmanship instructors.

“We were doing this before all the incidents started happening. We are very much at scale and on par with what is happening with active shooters. It’s just to keep it safe for Lafayette and to understand that we have a SWAT team that’s here ready and accessible.

Cpl. Miles says timing and teamwork are key to dealing with an active shooter.

“We have to make sure we’re all on the same page. Things change every day with an active shooter. It changes. We learn different types of tactics and different types of policy and procedural changes. We come together to make sure we’re all on the same page,” Miles noted.

The Lafayette Parish School SystemDirector General Jennifer Gardner explains that the location of the school district’s active shooter training depends on school availability.

“They’ve been doing this for a really long time now. They’ve always been proactive. They’ve been doing these mock workouts summer after summer. He just changes locations every summer,” says Gardner.

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