School Resource Officers Training
(Etowah County, Alabama) School resource officers (SRO) in Etowah County are receiving training as they prepare for the start of school on Thursday.
Sheriff Todd Entrekin says fifteen officers from the Etowah County Sheriff’s Office, Altoona Police Department, Rainbow City Police Department and Southside Police Department are getting ready for the upcoming school year with three-days of interactive training.
The interactive and hands-on training will include several components. Today deputies and officers will participate in a refresher class in ALERRT (Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training) active shooter preparedness program. Tuesday, the new substance abuse curriculum, Too Good for Drugs, will be unveiled. On Wednesday, SRO's will be introduced to Project Adventure curriculum, which includes a ropes course and climbing wall.
"We take very serious the threat of violence and the possibility of an active shooter in our schools. Through our active shooter preparedness program, deputies are constantly working to become better equipped to prevent and respond to these real threats," says Sheriff Entrekin. "It is important for our SRO's to regularly participate in training that helps them to stay current in available tools and issues that are specific to the school setting."
Of the fifteen officers involved in the training, ten are deputies with the Sheriff’s Office.
The training is taking place at various locations over the next three days.
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