On Thursday, the Odessa Police Department prepared for one of the worst scenarios that could possibly unfold out in the field.
An active shooter situation.
Throughout the day, the OPD in conjunction with the FBI and the Advanced Law Enforcement Rapid Response Training program worked on the best practices, tactics and scenarios.
The goal is efficiency and safety.
“Our goal is the safety of every,” Cpl. Steve LeSueur, spokesman for the OPD, said at the training session on Thursday. “Our goal is to make sure everyone comes out alive. The, victims, the suspects; everyone.”
Shouting could be heard down the hallways of Noel Elementary during the day as teams ran through the simulations and practiced their skills.
The teams participated in team formation dry runs, “what-if” scenarios as well as live fire simulations and force on force training.
“Seconds count with an active shooter,” Instructor Tommy Villanueva said. “Fractions of seconds count so it we can empower the first responders to act accordingly, quickly and aggressively we can bring an end to an active shooter faster than what has been done in the past.”
With the recent shooting across the country, officials say that these types of training session become increasingly important as the goal is to also prevent harm.
“The ideal goal is to stop the killing and stop the dying,” Villanueva said. “Unfortunately we are reactive in nature so we are already responding to a bad situation so we just want to stop and mitigate the problem that already exists.”