Odessa, TEXAS (ABC Big 2/Fox 24 News) – Police offers will review what went right, and what could go better after their active shooter drill at Odessa College on Friday morning.
“The nerves are there, and the anxiety starts setting in. The blood pressure goes up. The adrenaline starts pumping,” says ECISD Police Lt. Jeff Daniels.
Practicing for an active shooter is very real in the minds of the officers and first responders. Chief Alexander says the state legislature has mandated that officers based in public schools must go through certain training for active shooter scenarios.
“You just kind of think of all of the situations we’ve had nationwide and we’ve had our children murdered, and it is very emotional, and we’ve got to get it right,” says Odessa College Police Chief Leslie Alexander.
According to the FBI, there were 28 active shooter incidents across the U.S. in 2019.
One was the tragedy here in the basin.
“It’s always in the back of our mind when we have a situation like that,” says Lt. Daniels.
Which makes their practice and their teamwork more crucial than ever.
“We’d be fools to think it wouldn’t happen here again. so it’s just something that we’ve got to continue to do,” says an Odessa Fire Rescue member.
The drill didn’t take long to finish, but every step was critical to being prepared. The training also involved students who were eager to sign up.
” It’s very nerve-racking being in that situation, hearing a simulated gun shot being fired, and they all handled it perfectly,” says Lt. Daniels.
Chief Alexander says there will be more police training in the Permian Basin that officers here will participate in.