ROCKVILLE, Md. (CBSDC) — In a society where school shootings have become increasingly more common, police are stepping up their training efforts to prepare officers to respond to an armed intruder inside a school.
With county schools on spring break for the week, police in Montgomery County used Tuesday to team up with teachers and staff from Julius West Middle School in Rockville to practice its latest training exercise. The officers conducted an active shooter training exercise inside the school located at 651 Great Falls Road.
The officers could have conducted the exercise at the academy, but Lt. Demitry Kornegay said getting to train in an actual school will better prepare them if the scenario ever plays out.
“We do it [at the school] because this is actually where you’d have to. This is the stage, this where you’d have to do it. And it’s real here,” Kornegay said.
Officers taking part in Tuesday’s exercise were briefed on a scenario of an armed shooter inside a school setting. It’s training Kornegay hopes he never has to use, but he knows it’s better to be safe than sorry.
“The more you sweat in practice, the less you bleed in battle,” he said.
While Montgomery officers are training at Julius West, lawmakers in Maryland are discussing gun-control laws in Annapolis.
“If we could meet somewhere in the middle, we could save more lives,” Kornegay said.