|WCSO conducts noise recognition exercise|
The Wakulla County Sheriff’s Office partnered with the Wakulla County School District and Wakulla High School Wednesday, Jan. 30 to provide teachers with a training exercise that introduced them to various sounds of danger from several parts of the facility during the a noise recognition exercise.
The teachers were involved in a faculty meeting in the WHS Library while WCSO training officers conducted the exercise using blanks. Lt. Ronald Mitchell led the exercise. Lt. Mitchell is a certified firearms trainer.
The training was conducted after students dismissed on an early release day and was conducted at the request of the school district. School Safety and Risk Management Director Jim Griner was also part of the drill.
Sheriff Charlie Creel said the training is very important for both the teachers and WCSO deputies to be prepared for a potential event in the future. The teachers had the option of leaving the library if they chose not to be part of the brief program.
“We have got to train for everything that our deputies may face in the course of their jobs,” said Sheriff Creel. “I thought it was good training for us and for the school. This is something that is being done in all 67 counties in Florida.”
“In the national incidents, the failure to recognize the danger resulted in people becoming victims when they went to investigate,” said Major Shepard Bruner. “You can sit on your hands and do nothing or you can train and be prepared.”
The WCSO and school district have always placed students and teacher safety first and nobody was in any danger at any time during the drill. The Jan. 30 drill was one of five active shooter training events held over the past few years. Three of the training activities have been held at the high school, one at Wakulla Middle School and one at the county commission chambers. Additional training activities involving K-9 are planned in the future.
“This training is vital to the county to prevent something like what has happened nationally from happening here,” added Undersheriff Trey Morrison.
The WCSO and school district have also participated in periodic lock down exercises at the schools so students and teachers know what to do in the event that a dangerous intruder is discovered inside the school centers. The WCSO Road Patrol Unit has also stepped up patrols at school facilities and in school zones.