ROCKFORD (WIFR) -- Twice a year, Rock County law enforcement officers go through in-depth training exercises that test various skills like ones needed if there’s an explosion or hostage situation. In light of recent mass shootings, today they practiced what to do in an active shooter situation.
Gunfire rang out today inside Andrews Hall at the University of Wisconsin Rock County. I twas all part of a training exercise put on by the Rock County Sheriff’s Department and while there were no real shooters, or real bullets, to the officers taking part, it felt real.
“Your adrenaline gets going your body temperature feels like it’s going up, it really feels intense,” said Officer Patrick Reese with the Evansville Police Department.
Moving safely down the hallway, officers practiced checking rooms, hunting for weapons and patted down the suspect. The situations ranged from violent with an active shooter to something as simple as having a trespasser on campus.
“Probably 90% of the calls we get for schools is for trespassers, unwanted people. Somebody might be there on a simple warrant, we show up and it could turn into an active shooter,” said Sgt. Wayne Hansen with the Rock County Sheriff’s Department.
Elements from last year’s shootings at Sandy Hook Elementary School and Sikh Temple in Milwaukee were both incorporated into today’s shooting. Changing the location and situation ever year is one way the situation every year is one way the Sheriff’s Department keeps officers prepared for the worst.
“We learn how to safely approach a building from the outside because sometimes there’s outside shootings or mayb ewe’re ambushed when we come in the place.”
No matter what the situation is, officers say there’s no such thing as too much training.
“Training makes it real life for us, so when you’re well trained, when the time comes you have to act on these things. God forbid if we have to act on something like this when we’re prepared to respond.
Deputies from the Rock County Sheriff’s Office along with the officers from Janesville, Beloit, Evansville, Edgerton, and Milton police departments were invited to take part.