Aug 6, 2014 6:58 AM by KATC
St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office (SMPSO) took over the halls of B.E. Boudreaux Middle School on Thursday, providing school administrators with a live demonstration of how law enforcement would respond to an active shooter event.
The training scenario included simulated gunfire, wounded teachers, and rescue operations.
The Active Shooter Cooperative Training and Demonstration is an effort by SMPSO to offer active shooter courses to all law enforcement agencies in the parish.
"By training together, we can respond together efficiently and effectively. Thanks to the St. Mary Parish School Board, we are now working to extend that training relationship to school personnel." says Sheriff Mark Hebert.
The St. Mary Parish Sheriff's Office hosted an active shooter training presentation and demonstration for St. Mary Parish School administrators at .
Academy Director Captain Brian Charpentier explained that mental preparation for an active shooter event is just as important as participating in practice drills. Following the presentation, Capt. Charpentier spoke to school administrators.
"Personnel from St. Mary Parish Schools were able to view the police simulation of an active intruder with multiple shots fired within a school. Attendees were able to ask questions of sheriff personnel after the exercise to strengthen their understanding of what role school personnel should play during an intruder event," St. Mary Parish School Superintendent Dr. Donald Aguillard said.
The superintendent showed his appreciation for efforts of the sheriff's department.
"I extend my sincere thanks to Sheriff Mark Hebert and his many police officers for hosting an Active Shooter Exercise at B.E. Boudreaux Middle. My appreciation is that all law enforcement agencies within our parish are committed to working closely with our schools to increase school safety."
The sheriff thanked the school system for its participation as well.
"These cooperative training events give school personnel the opportunity to see firsthand how the response by law enforcement unfolds and provides additional training for our deputies and other first responders. We look forward to working with the St. Mary Parish School Board to coordinate future training events that will continue to build on the security and safety of our schools," Hebert explained.
A question and answer session followed the demonstration.
Photo courtesy of SMPSO (from SMPSO Facebook page): Deputies Minh Ngo and Zachariah Landry (left to right) during the demonstration.